"Energy Efficiency" is the bottom line...
Conserving energy one house at a time! Energy costs are going nowhere but up, leaving homeowners, as well as commercial and multi-family unit owners, all looking for options to improve energy efficiency. What many don't know is the plethora of options and rebates available for upgrading. Find out what a "Home Performance Assessment" can do for you!
We are a company committed to creating opportunities for homeowners to increase their energy efficiency and cut back on their energy costs.
With the cost of energy going nowhere but up, the time to cut back on energy usage, without losing out on the comforts of home, is NOW.
Title 24 HERS 1 Testing
Lower Home Energy will provide you with your "one stop shop" for the entire process of your Title 24 HERS 1 Testing.
DUCT LEAKAGE TESTING
The HERS 1 Rater will need access to all supply and return air vents in the residence. These air vents will be covered in order to be pressurized to measure the duct leakage. If the ductwork has been completely replaced it will require less than 5% duct leakage to pass. If the system has been altered, it will require a duct leakage less than 15%.
REFRIGERANT CHARGE VERIFICATION
The air-conditioning system requires a check on the refrigerant levels to maintain proper efficiency levels. With refrigerant gauges attached to the system we can determine if the system is under or over charged.
AIR FLOW VERIFICATION
Proper air-flow is verified by measuring the air being pulled through the return system. Depending on the size of the equipment the airflow minimum must be met by using a flowhood (balometer) to calculate the air-flow.
THE HOME PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
Blower Door Test
Duct Leakage Test
Air Flow Testing
The first step in upgrading your home's energy efficiency is conducting an interview that will reveal your primary concern
and goals. Additionally, our interview format will procure the following information:
The information provided will create the foundation on which we will build your customized Home Performance Report that, when coupled with a comprehensive Home Performance Assessment, will better guide our team in creating the most efficient and practical program for upgrading your home.
Title 24 HERS 1 VerificationIf any component of the HVAC system is altered there will be local inspection requirements that must be met for compliance by a certified third party HERS Rater. Cost of Service: $250.00 - $400.00 Estimated Timeline: 1-2 hours
The Home Performance Assessment (HPA)During the Home Performance Assessment we will conduct our Visual Inspection, measure building air leakage with the blower door inspection, measure duct leakage with the duct leakage Inspection, rate efficiency and performance of the heating and cooling equipment. We will also perform attic/crawl space and window inspections, all of which will build a comprehensive overview of the energy efficiency of your house, as well as identify the components that can be improved/replaced in order to optimize the homes energy efficiency. An HPA report which includes custom pictures of your home, measurements obtained and recommended upgrades that will optimize energy efficiency will be provided to the client. We will layout recommendations on strategy to make your home more comfortable, healthy, safe and energy efficient. Because of the nationwide push for an increase in energy efficiency, umbrella funds like Energy Upgrade California have been implemented and are providing massive funds for rebates. If you have not already done so at this point, we will guide you in finding the rebates suitable for your location and home, so that your Home Performance Energy Upgrade is as affordable as possible! Cost of Service: $500.00 (varies based on size of house, number of systems, etc. Most houses $500.00) Estimated Timeline: 2-3 hours Contact us to set up an appointment today!
Duct TestingThe duct test will confirm that the maximum duct leakage is within the guidelines. By testing the system and using a "fog test" as a visible aid to locate the leaks. Cost of Service: $250.00 Estimated Timeline: 1- 2 hours Contact us to set up an appointment today!
BESO / Home Energy ScoreHome Energy Score is an assessment to see how efficient your home is compared to other homes and provides recommendations for making your home more efficient. Home Energy Score's nationally recognized assessment shows how much energy your house uses compared to other houses in the country. On a straightforward 1 to 10 scale you'll learn how much energy your home is expected to use and you'll receive suggestions for home efficiency and comfort improvements. Receiving a Home Energy Score after installing upgrades can show how your home's energy performance will increase on the 1 to 10 scale and keep an up-to-date quick assessment of your home's efficiency. Cost of Service: Under 3,000 sq.ft. = $350.00 Over 3,001 sq.ft. = $450.00 Pricing does not include the BESO program application fee.