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Why Choose Foam Engineers for at Home Energy Efficiency

If you’re dealing with a house with poor airflow, draftiness, or hot and cold zones, you already know that it’s not just your comfort that is being compromised. A drafty house means higher energy bills, and that’s just wasted money. You need a good energy audit to show you where your home’s problems are and then fix them to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.

Your house is a system. Air moves inside through windows, doors, cracks, vents, attics, crawl spaces, and around pipes, and then that air moves around your going from low-position holes to high-position holes. Diagnosing problems with your home’s energy use requires a little bit of old-fashioned detective work – looking at the way interconnected zones must be considered separately and together as a system to maximize energy efficiency reduction formulas.  

Foam Engineers is a family-owned and -operated business. Paul and Mindy Peterson have a combined 57 years of experience in the insulation and energy conservation industry, giving them a real edge over the competition. Paul also has 25 years of experience working on energy audits, blower door testing, diagnostic testing, and energy assessments. We want to bring our expertise to you to help you make your home a comfortable and energy-efficient space. 

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Pick a Local Energy Auditor

There are many individuals who are certified to do energy auditor work, but make sure you get one that also has energy retrofit contracting experience. In other words, an energy reduction contractor. Areas of consideration should be zonal pressure differential testing, duct sealing, envelope design, and its condition, insulation, and ventilation. Our goal is to help you have at home energy efficiency that saves you money.

Using a local company like Foam Engineers means you can trust our assessment work and the formulas of repair that produce results.  We take pride in improving our community and hearing grateful responses and reviews from our customers.  Our goal is to educate our customers and present options that make sense for your needs and budget. We’ll take the time to get it right, and our personal service will make a real difference in your results. And as part of Second Mile Service, we are committed to providing top-notch service to all of our friends and neighbors in the St. Louis area, because we live here too!

Local work. Local results. Neighbors and experts you can trust to get the best results for your home’s energy audit needs. That’s the Foam Engineers difference. 

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Energy Audits and Home Energy Efficiency Save You Money

Think of an energy audit as an investment that will pay dividends over time. By identifying all the places that where your home energy efficiency is lacking, where you’re losing money through drafts, improper seals, insufficient insulation, window leakage, and other factors, the experts at Foam Engineers can help you target the real problems that are keeping your bills high and your house uncomfortable. 

The upfront cost of an audit will pay itself off as your energy bills drop, and there’s also the intangible benefit of having a comfortable home without drafty spots or rooms where it seems the climate control just doesn’t work. 

At Foam Engineers, we’re committed to giving you the tools and information you need to get your house’s energy usage working efficiently for you, so you can see those lower bills and enjoy the benefits of a home that works as a system to keep you comfortable at the lowest cost, no matter the weather. 

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The Energy Assessment Process

We use a proven series of steps to analyze, detect, and diagnose the problems with your residential energy system and home energy efficiency.

The first step is a thorough visual inspection of the home, looking particularly at the “building envelope,” which is the outer shell of your house that separates the conditioned and non-conditioned areas of your house. 

Next, we’ll check your insulation, using infrared thermography to map out spots where the insulation may be missing, improperly installed, or is otherwise not performing at peak efficiency.

We’ll then do an air leakage test using a blower door, or Thermal camera, or both together, which will help measure the cumulative effect of your home’s air leakage issues.

Next, we’ll check your home’s ventilation systems to ensure they conform to effective standards.

We’ll also check your gas lines, appliances, and your water heater to make sure there are no gas leaks. 

The auditor will also evaluate whether your HVAC system is causing pressure differences in your house or is out of balance. When your HVAC system leaks, the system can force air out or pull air into the home along with other pollutants. 

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Blower Door Testing

The blower door test is an essential first step in the detective work of finding the problems in your house’s energy system and gaps in energy efficiency. A blower door is a large, calibrated fan that is temporarily mounted in a home’s outer door to measure the “leakiness” of the house and to help find those leaks. 

The blower door test is essential in the detective work of finding the problems in your house’s energy system. 

Many homeowners might assume that inefficient windows come from inefficient windows. No matter how efficient your house is, glass will always be around 20 degrees colder than a wall. A good window covering like shutters or curtains is a better solution than replacing your windows. 

You might also think your heater or air conditioning system is the culprit. In many cases, your HVAC system is simply struggling to keep up with a house with many undetected leaks and inefficiencies. Sealing those leaks will help your HVAC system work more efficiently.

When using a blower door in conjunction with a thermal camera and our other tools, we can clearly see where your home’s energy efficiency needs improvement. 

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Combustion Safety Testing

Suppose you have gas or fuel-oil-powered water heaters, furnaces, boilers, or even fireplaces. In that case, you need an expert to help you assess whether these appliances’ dangerous gases vent properly. At Foam Engineers, we will thoroughly inspect your vented combustion appliances to ensure that no dangerous gasses are leaking into your home. 

Carbon Monoxide is a particularly deadly gas, because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and so unless you have a carbon monoxide alarm in your house, you might not even know you’re breathing it in until it’s too late. Inspecting your gas appliances will give you the peace of mind to know that you’re safe from deadly gases. We’re specifically looking for signs that conditions in your house might create “back drafting,” where combustion exhaust rolls out of the intended exhaust pathway and leaks back into the house. 

Thermal Imaging

The experts at Foam Engineers use a thermal camera to inspect your home and detect where it might be vulnerable to leaks or inefficiencies. The thermal camera looks at your home’s insulation, hot & cold spots to determine a few key things: 

  1. whether there’s enough insulation present
  2. whether it was properly installed
  3. whether and where the insulation has settled over time. 
  4. where the envelope actually leaks direct air causing drafts.

Thermal imaging is also a great tool to detect air leaks in your home – the kinds of air leaks that also leak money out of your wallet. By using a thermal camera, we can find all of those leaks to get a full picture of how to improve your house’s comfort and efficiency. 

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Energy Audit Suggestions and Improvements Make Homes More Comfortable

A full energy audit can help you clearly understand where your house’s energy system needs improvement. By sealing cracks and leaks, fixing problems with insulation, resolving problems with your house’s ventilation system, and ensuring your gas appliances are operating safely, , you will improve your house’s efficiency and comfort, and indoor air quality.  

You won’t have to go get that blanket because of a sudden draft in your den – instead, your den will be cooled or heated to the temperature you choose, and it will stay that temperature as long as you want it to. An energy audit is a great way to get you from the drafty, inefficient house you have today to a cozy, comfortable space that really feels like home. 

Energy Auditing Suggestions and Improvements Lower Your Maintenance & Boost Home Lifespan 

Suppose you’re living in a home with an inefficient energy system rife with cracks and leaks and insulation problems. In that case, you are paying more money for heating and air conditioning and putting unnecessary strain on your HVAC system. 

An inefficient system needs to be run more frequently, thus lowering the system’s overall lifespan and increasing maintenance costs. Trust our experts at Foam Engineers to help you get a clear picture of your house’s energy system, and where it can be made more efficient, so you can enjoy your appliances – and your home – for longer, and with less wear. 

By performing a full energy audit and fixing those issues the audit identifies, you will reduce the strain on your house’s appliances, allowing them to last longer and save you money over time. 

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Contact Foam Engineers Today

At Foam Engineers, we’re experts in making your house a comfortable, efficient, and cost-effective place to live. Our energy audit process is a proven and thorough process that will give you a full picture of your house’s energy systems and provide you the tools to button up your house’s efficiency. 

We’re better than the big guys because we’re local and we care about providing personalized, professional service to our friends and neighbors in the St. Louis area. And we’ve got a lot of years of experience in helping homeowners like you make their houses into comfortable oases where the temperature you set on your thermostat is the temperature you get in every room in your house. 

Contact us today to set up your home’s energy audit. We’re excited to help you. 

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