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Top 6 things to watch out for when building a new home and how builders are still cutting corners with energy efficiency

Even though it seems like all the new home builders are touting how energy efficient their homes are, there are still major problems and misleading information given in terms of the energy efficiency of the homes.  Here are ways a home builder can make it seem like you are getting a good deal but in reality you are simply being mislead.

1. A low HERS Score touted.

A HERS Score standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured.…


Added by David Byrnes on November 23, 2015 at 7:07am — No Comments

What air conditioner filters work best?

When it comes to keeping your HVAC system maintained, nothing is more important or easier than making sure your filters get changed out every month or two.  Dirty, neglected filters have real affects on your AC system that end up costing you more in repairs and early replacement down the road than if they were changed regularly. 

When the air filter gets dirty it becomes restrictive to airflow passing through it, so your…


Added by David Byrnes on August 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Strategies To Keep Millennials At Their Peak Performance In A Home Performance Company

Let me first start by confessing my guilt... Guilt for being bored easily, guilt for wanting praise, even if it is a pat on my own back for an achievement... Guilt for being a millennial... On the other hand I enjoy working in teams and I encourage frequent communication between all team members from admin staff to auditors, sales staff and crew members to improve our workflow. Yes, I am a millennial, but let me add that there is nothing that makes me cringe more than the excuses I get from…


Added by David Byrnes on June 24, 2014 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

What Is the X-Factor In Hiring In Home Performance

An article published in the NY Times, titled, "How To Get A Job At Google" got me thinking about one of the most innovative companies in the 21st century. Google, the people who want to "organize the world's information", was named one of the best places to work in 2012 and 2013 not only because of the free food 24-7, but also because of their culture and the Googlers who work there. It is a place that many in the tech world aspire to work at one time or another. In…


Added by David Byrnes on February 26, 2014 at 9:59pm — No Comments

How Not to Handle PR For Your Energy Audit Company

I recently published an article on Green ID's home energy blog and in the DOE's Home Energy Pros on an energy efficiency product, giving a review of its effectiveness and ideal situations. The review was not a negative one but I did point out some weak areas of the product. The review made it on Home Energy Pros featured blogs and caught the eyes of the CEO of the product. He was obviously concerned about any negative press because he contacted me through…


Added by David Byrnes on January 1, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Does Aeroseal work? An auditors review

Aeroseal is a product that seals small leaks in the ductwork. No attic work is required by the crew to work the equipment. It is monitored by a computer program that tells when the pressure of the ductwork is low enough that most of the leakage has been sealed.

The plus side to Aeroseal is that:

1. It is able to reach inaccessible parts if the attic such as flat roofs.

2. No attic work has to be done.

3. Unlike…


Added by David Byrnes on November 30, 2013 at 1:00am — 9 Comments

The little known check every auditor should be doing in every home.

HVAC guys (hopefully) know the importance of measuring static pressure, but what about energy auditors? All auditors should be measuring static pressure because it tells us how well the air is moving through the ductwork under operating conditions, not under 50 Pa of blower door pressure.  

A high static pressure means there are restrictions on your supply ducts (the ones pushing air out and cooling your home) or that there too many restrictions on…


Added by David Byrnes on September 24, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

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