Eko Smart Solutions can perform comprehensive home-energy evaluations to help discover where your home is using, losing, and wasting energy. Making your home energy efficient can help reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Approximately half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, but it’s not just the HVAC system that affects this percentage. Improper insulation, leaky ductwork, and air leakage are also major factors.
Your house is made up of many systems that serve your needs – lighting, hot and cold water, comfortable indoor temperatures, healthy air quality, power for appliances and plenty of other electrical devices. These systems interact with each other, which means when one system isn’t working like it should, it affects the way other systems work.
Many houses have an increase of three or four times the amount of air leakage that is recommended for optimum energy efficiency and indoor air quality. With excessive air leakage, you’re always losing air that you have paid to heat, cool or dehumidify, and replacing it with outside air that needs to be heated, cooled or dehumidified.
The warmest air in your house rises naturally by convection, the same process that causes a hot air balloon to rise. As this warm air escapes into the attic and out of the house, a matching volume of outside air gets sucked into the house through leaks in lower areas especially basements and crawl spaces. This combination of air exfiltration and infiltration is called the Stack Effect and is a major factor in energy loss and high utility bills.
Here’s how the stack effect works: Cold air infiltrates your cellar through leaks and cracks in the foundation and walls, which begins rising. It works its way up through the floors and/or walls, then up into your attic through structural defects, holes in your ceiling, recessed lighting, leaky duct work, the furnace flue, the plumbing stack, a poorly insulated attic floor or improperly sealed areas in general. In some homes (even those that have no chimney at all), the chimney effect can be so pronounced that the effect is like leaving your front door open all winter long! Sealing air leaks makes your house more airtight and will make your living space more comfortable, more affordable to heat and cool.
Eko Smart Solutions can start your efforts to improve home energy efficiency with a home energy audit. You will find how much energy your home consumes and wastes, how you can best conserve energy, where the health and safety concerns in your house are, and estimate how long it will take you to solve the major issues.