Conserving Energy and Costs

An energy assessment is the first step to learning how you can improve the comfort and performance of your home.  TRU-Building uses tools like the Flir C2 Thermal Imaging Camera and an Infrared Laser Thermometer, combined with a thorough visual inspection, to identify the most meaningful improvements for your home. To ensure peace of mind, our remodel team delivers a full picture of your home’s current performance status before any work begins.  We’ll use this information to recommend upgrades that align with your budget and project goals.

Some of the common issues identified and addressed by a Home Energy Assessment include:

Windows and Doors — Many remodel firms claim energy efficiency as a result of meeting minimum building code standards or installing ENERGY STAR® windows. TRU-Building is proud to exceed these industry minimums. For example, most windows installed in remodeled homes today average an R-value of 3 at best, indicating the capacity of the window to resist heat flow. We can provide efficiencies of R7 or higher. Doors are another common weak point in home construction, offering us an opportunity to retrofit existing units with double seals for superior insulation against energy loss.

Insulation — New building methods now allow for us to add additional insulation on the exterior or interior of the structure of your home.  Improving the insulation in your home offers an additional barrier against moisture and energy transfer. By minimizing air infiltration, we reduce the amount of moisture available to contribute to mold, rot and the deterioration of building materials. We’re confident you’ll notice the difference of a well-insulated home, especially each month in the form of reduced energy bills.

Air Quality — Most existing homes have no fresh air circulation except for what leaks in through weaknesses in insulation and through normal exchanges created during everyday entry and exit. EPA research shows that indoor air quality is a top five health concern in the United States. Traditional homes often expose you to irritants like dust, pet dander, even harmful contaminants like volatile organic compounds from furniture and floor coverings.  Even cleaning products and air fresheners can adversely affect indoor air quality, exacerbating chronic lung conditions and impairing normal respiratory function. Homeowners can address this important issue by installing an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV).  An ERV turns over fresh air throughout the home every three to four hours on average. In addition to purifying the air, these high-efficiency units also cycle moisture out and keep heat you’ve already paid for inside the home. The ERV actively filters allergens, dust, odors and volatile organic compounds out of the air, helping you breath easy in your home.

Humidity and Temp Controls — Up to 50% of your energy costs can be attributed to heating and cooling. With the simple addition of a smart thermostat, managing the atmosphere of your home is as simple as establishing preset functions so automatic sensors throughout the home can predict your patterns and cycle accordingly. The EcoBee wifi thermostat uses thousands of data points to personalize your energy use, maximizing the performance of your heating and cooling systems and saving up to 23% annually on utilities. Change settings easily from any synced device and discover comfort as a way of life.