An integral part of a home energy assessment is determining a home’s overall health and safety. By monitoring and examining a home’s indoor air quality, mold and moisture, household toxins, and any other related health and safety issues, problems can be identified and corrected.
Indoor Air Quality Analysis
Many people often overlook the quality of the air within homes. Indoor air quality is actually a source of numerous pollutants. For those unfamiliar with home renovation, it is a great place to start.
An energy auditor will run tests on all of your home’s appliances and mechanical equipment (like ovens, stoves, dryers, water tanks, boiler, furnace, heat pumps, etc.) to see if all equipment is running at its optimum efficiency as well as making sure they are safe. A good audit will determine if any appliances are releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and make sure that all appliances are properly ventilated. Inadequate ventilation will not only allow the buildup of dangerous gases but can also lead to allergens or mold spores accumulating in your home.
Mold & Moisture Evaluation
Excess moisture can cause respiratory illness as well as create a home environment conducive to the growth of dust mites, mold, bacteria, insects, and wood rot.
Moisture build up is a common problem with homes throughout the United States. The moisture not only causes problems with energy consumption, but it can also cause health and safety problems for homeowners. Auditors use an infrared camera to test every crevice throughout the home to determine if there are any moisture or mold problems due to inefficient ventilation or improper insulation installation.
A thorough home energy audit will include identifying any household toxins that pose a danger to the homeowner. This can include a myriad of household products such as empty paint containers, lawn/weed chemicals, bug sprays, etc. Oftentimes these are toxic substances that should be disposed of by following your local town or city’s hazardous materials disposal guidelines. An auditor will also note if any flammable products are in too close a proximity to combustible systems such as furnaces, hot water heaters, dryers, etc., and also identify if any noxious or toxic materials are being released into the environment from the HVAC systems.
Check out the video below to see a combustion safety test in action.