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What Hiring Marin County Energy Efficiency Auditors Can Do For You & Your Home

Home energy audits are inspections and analysis of energy use in residential buildings and single family dwellings. They also help homeowners discover where energy is being lost or wasted.

Residential energy auditors in Marin County, including those in San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, San Anselmo, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Tiburon, Sausalito, Fairfax, Ross and Belvedere provide comprehensive reports that give homeowners a breakdown of energy use, including wasted energy, underperforming or non-energy efficient appliances, health and safety concerns, and opportunities for energy savings. They may use a walk-through method to visually inspect homes, as well as using infrared cameras and other equipment to locate and measure unwanted energy loss.

Some local home energy assessors also provide energy efficiency upgrades and repairs to homes with old HVAC systems, old or cracked air vents or duct work, poor insulation, roofs that absorb heat or allow energy to escape, old or drafty windows and doors, outdated thermostats, missing weatherstripping, and other inefficient and outdated systems and materials. This can include installing Energy Star appliances and energy-saving devices, and replacing old insulation with more efficient insulation.

You may also request a home health and safety check from your Marin County home energy auditor. This can advise you of carbon monoxide levels, moisture, mold, the presence of asbestos, and other indoor air quality issues that may impact you and your family. While indoor air quality is a different discipline than energy auditing, the two are often related. In fact, heating and cooling systems are some of the biggest energy users in homes, and malfunctioning or old HVAC systems can create moisture problems and mold, and can spread asbestos and mold spores throughout the house. Often, home energy audits that point out energy inefficiency can also locate outdated or underperforming systems that lead to poor indoor air quality.

The following articles will tell you more about home energy audits, why you should consider hiring a home energy assessment service in Marin County, and how to get the best results from your home energy audit.

Types of Home Energy Audits Available in Marin County
Home energy audits from home energy companies in Marin County, including those in Novato, Mill Valley, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Larkspur and Corte Madera help homeowners ascertain where energy is being lost from their homes, which systems are operating inefficiently and what measures can be taken to improve their home's energy efficiency.

Energy audits in Marin County may include the following:

Home Energy Surveys
Home energy surveys are simple visual inspections to assess general information about the energy efficiency of existing homes. This may include looking at windows and doors, viewing insulation, visual inspection of air ducts and vents, reviewing HVAC equipment and appliances for age and condition, and talking to the homeowners about comfort and concerns related to home energy usage and heating and cooling.

In-Depth Energy Audits
Energy audits, also known as energy assessments, can be standard or detailed. These often include the visual aspects of home energy surveys and include the use of diagnostic equipment to help locate the exact number and location of air leaks, any leakage from HVAC vents and ducts, the effectiveness of insulation inside of ceilings and walls, and any other wasted energy or concerns.

What is Sick Building Syndrome?
Sick building syndrome is the name given to buildings where residents and occupants experience  health problems and illnesses that are directly linked to spending time in the building. Sick building syndrome is often reported in homes and office buildings, but may occur in any building whether new or old.

Sick building syndrome may include the following symptoms:

  • Nose, ear and throat irritation
  • Allergy-like symptoms
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Itchy, dry or irritated eyes
  • Skin irritation including rashes, hypersensitivity and excessive dryness
  • Neurotoxic symptoms

Sick building syndrome is not related to energy loss, but is often addressed by home energy auditors who are also looking for malfunctioning and under-performing home systems, including HVAC units, which are the main culprit of sick building syndrome. It may also be caused by the presence of mold, asbestos, improper ventilation, chemicals and off-gassing, lack of fresh air, air filtration defects, VOCs and other airborne chemicals, and offgassing.