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The cobweb not to be confused with spider web usually a good indicator that a house needs an audit. Usually they are located in the corner where the ceiling and wall meet. This means there is air movement in and out of the wall. The cobweb is a collection of dust due to the air transference.
An Energy audit is going to find out where there is air leakage in your home. We examine the insulation and ductwork in the home. We use a smoke puffer test, infiltrometer blower door and an IR camera. This is a comprehensive test that takes about 4 hours.
If you have excess dust in your home, high utility bills, uneven room temperatures, or allergies, your HVAC system may be struggling against an air leak. Another telltale sign of this problem is the existence of cobwebs in the corner of a room where the wall meets the ceiling. These cobwebs, which are collections of dust caused by air transference, arise from air movement in and out of the wall. This air movement is likely from a system leak. Schaafsma Heating and Cooling can identify any potential air leaks with a home energy audit.
An energy audit is a procedure that is going to find out where there is air leakage in your home. We examine the insulation and ductwork as part of the audit. We use a smoke puffer test, infiltrometer, blower door, and an IR camera. This is a comprehensive test that takes about 4 hours.
The home comfort energy audit will show areas of your home that allow outside air to leak in and inside air to leak out. We will examine the insulation in your attic and walls with an infrared camera and provide you with an air quality report. We will also make sure your HVAC systems aren’t being forced. Most people believe that leaks come from doors and windows, but this is not always the case. Recessed lighting, construction defects, and inadequate insulation can all be reasons for your home's inefficiencies.
A high quality energy audit utilizes two major devices: a calibrated blower door and an infrared camera. The blower door is a high-powered fan that attaches to a door frame and sucks air out of your house. This allows the amount of air leaking into and out of the house to be measured. Infrared cameras read temperature variations within your house and help locate the causes. The camera will also indicate where insulation is missing or weak.
A complete audit takes several hours, and the auditors will test different areas of your house, especially windows, doors, and attic insulation, even your HVAC systems. When they have finished, they will explain where you are losing energy in your home and suggest what steps to take in order to increase your efficiency. They will also supply a price estimate for the advised changes.
Call Schaafsma Heating and Cooling today to schedule an energy audit and find out what to expect.
The blue areas in the house image is air leakage through the walls due to poor insulation.
Images are taken with an infra red camera. Blue areas indicate cold air leakage through poorly insulated walls