The Healthy Home process: how we work
As soon as we receive a phone call about your home, we get to work. First, we discuss the areas of your concern. Then, Healthy Home performs a comprehensive home energy assessment and we review our findings with you. Exploring your whole house as a system, we use the latest technology, like thermal imaging, to non-invasively analyze your home. A prioritized cost structure is presented and your course of action is established. We start the work on your home with only our most skilled workers and finest tools. The whole process can take from a day to a week, depending on the size of the energy improvements to your home. Please check out our video on the process to learn more.
We always promise a clean house after each workday, and a conscientious mindset about our established estimates.
Assessing your home’s energy
Our team of skilled workers uses the latest in green technology to determine the exact areas that could function more efficiently and be improved to be more comfortable to live in year round.
Examination and Assessment of Past Utility Bills
The examination and assessment of your past utility bills informs our team of your past energy use. This data helps them establish what inefficiencies to look for during the assessment. Your utility companies will provide you with annual summaries of use upon request.
Thermal Imaging, also known as infrared scanning, is used to detect thermal defects as well as plumbing leaks and unsafe electrical connections. If your home is not sufficiently insulated, the Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning system has to work overtime to maintain temperature and humidity. Additionally, thermal defects due to plumbing leaks can cause heat loss and lead to mold build up.
Blower Door Test
A Blower Door Test is an air infiltration measurement technique used to determine insulation efficiency. Improper insulation causes heating and cooling loss, as well as moisture condensation problems, drafts, and contamination by indoor air pollution.
Duct Efficiency Test
Duct Efficiency Testing identifies inefficiencies in the delivery of heat and air conditioning throughout your home. A common problem for home heating and cooling systems is poorly sealed ducts. Duct leaks cannot be seen, so our team will locate and assess these leaks by using a theatrical smoke machine in conjunction with a Duct Blaster.
Energy Star® Analysis
An Energy Star® Analysis is the evaluation report that our assessors complete for you. The report will include observations, analysis of test results, recommendations for modifications, estimated payback times (how long will it take for your energy expense savings to cover the cost of recommended repairs), and information on government rebate eligibility.
Energy Efficient Improvements
Some recommendations from the Energy Star® Analysis are simple, for example replacing incandescent lights with compact fluorescents. Others require professional services, which we will happily provide for you.
These repairs may include:
- Air sealing and ventilation
- Cellulose and/or foam insulation
- Window and door modification and/or replacement
- Duct sealing
- Upgrading heating and air conditioning equipment.
All all of the improvements handled in-house by our BPI certified analysts and installers. Please check out our video on the process to learn more.
Our services and use of top technology
Let Healthy Home improve your home’s energy efficiency by air sealing. Air sealing is the most important energy efficient improvement you can make. Properly insulating and air sealing will not only save you money but also significantly increase your family’s comfort level year-round. A comprehensive energy assessment will scientifically quantify how much air leakage exists in your home along with the current insulation levels and quality.
Healthy Home is an authorized and factory trained installer of Demilec (USA) spray foam products. Proper home air sealing and insulation are the two best solutions for improved energy efficiency and comfort. Spray foam insulation has the highest air sealing and R-value potential of any product, essential for an energy-efficient home. It keeps the heat in during winter and the heat out in the summer — so you don’t waste unnecessary money on heating and cooling. Please check out our video on closed cell spray foam applied to a crawlspace ceiling or applied to a basement ceiling to learn more.
Healthy Home is an authorized and factory trained installer National Fiber Cellulose. Cellulose strikes the perfect balance with high-performance and cost. When ‘blown in’ to a space at the appropriate density, cellulose makes an excellent air barrier and thermal boundary considering its high R-value per inch. In addition, it is a recycled product and has very low embodied energy, making it very environmentally friendly. Please check out our video on loose fill cellulose insulation to learn more.
Indoor Air Quality Improvements
Healthy Home can improve your indoor air quality. Poor ventilation and air leakage dramatically increases the pollutant levels within your home. Air-sealing and duct-sealing offers advanced filtration to optimize your family’s health. In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within our homes contains more pollutants than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoor.
Aeroseal Air Duct Sealing
Many homeowners struggle with their HVAC systems leaving them with excessively cold or hot rooms as well as high energy bills. These issues may be caused by leaky ductwork within your home. The Aeroseal process addresses these leaks from the inside out. This process will lower your energy bills, improve indoor air quality, and increase airflow to rooms that do not get as hot or cold as others in the same zone. Healthy Home professionals perform Aeroseal duct sealing on existing forced air HVAC duct systems, providing homeowners with an option to make their HVAC systems more efficient while making their home a healthier space.
Window and Door Modification and/or Replacement
As a sister company to Brenner Builders, our 25 years of experience in residential construction makes us well suited for any carpentry items. On average, homes lose about 20 percent of their heat through windows and doors. And during the summer, windows can be responsible for most of the heat gain during the cooling season. By replacing your home’s windows and patio doors with new ENERGY STAR® or better models, you can save on your heating and cooling costs, be more comfortable, reduce noise, protect your furniture and carpets from fading, and add curb appeal.
Upgrading Heating and Cooling Equipment
Healthy Home has vast experience in all heating and cooling systems. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 44 percent of the average home’s energy use goes toward heating and cooling, so it makes sense to invest in the most energy-efficient heating & cooling system. We can advise you on a heating/cooling solution that not only saves power, but delivers heat and cooling where — and when — you want it.
Energy Efficient Heat Pumps
Mitsubishi Electric Heat Pumps are the most energy efficient cooling and heating systems available. Do you have areas in your home that are hard to heat or cool? Forget the frustrations of space heaters and window AC units, Healthy Home can offer you a cooling & heating solution other than central air which will pay for itself in energy savings over time. Mitsubishi’s INVERTER-driven compressor technology enables these systems to quickly and consistently achieve your desired temperature set point while maximizing energy efficiency. We are trained and certified experts in both system design and installation of Mitsubishi Ductless Heat Pump systems, the highest quality heat pumps available. Please call us today for more information.
With the increasing energy costs, solar hot water heating is one of the best ways you can save money on your utility bill. Healthy Home can install a state-of-the-art residential solar water heating appliance that is clean, cost-effective and uses the sun’s energy to heat your water.
At Healthy Home we practice what we preach. Come by and take a look at our 33,000 watt solar photovoltaic system. Home power generation is the ultimate way to reduce your carbon footprint — and it makes a strong energy-efficiency statement. Photovoltaic solar panels convert the sun’s rays into free electricity for your home. In addition to U.S. federal government grants tax credits for Solar Photovoltaic Systems, there are also other state incentives (NY-Sun $.80/watt) and New York State tax incentives. In some cases (where the size of the array and location qualify) these three incentives can cover 65% of the cost of the system!
How we work
We use the latest technology to analyze your home's energy efficiency.
Our Services include:
Air Sealing, Foam Insulation, Cellulose Insulation, Indoor Air Quality Improvements, Aeroseal Air Duct Sealing, Window and Door Modification and/or Replacement, Upgrading Heating & Cooling Equipment, Energy Efficient Heat Pumps, Solar Thermal, and Solar Photovoltaic