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Ideal Energy offers a range of services aimed at improving your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, and health & safety.

At Ideal Energy, we believe in testing, never guessing. Using a calibrated blower door, pressure pan, duct blaster, and thermograph scanner, it is easy for us to find air leaks in the home’s envelope and duct system. Learn more about how we conduct these tests and what they mean:

For many homeowners, to think about “home energy efficiency” usually means thinking about CFL light bulbs and running the dryer less frequently. In reality, energy efficiency is often just as much about how your equipment is working as it is about changing your behavior or your lightbulbs.

Keeping cool in the hot-weather months inevitably conjures one of two images: a) sitting motionless on a sticky couch for hours on end, sipping a wet glass of lemonade and smelling like a cave man, or b) some sort of air conditioning system running around the clock, and a corresponding electric bill…

There are two types of return filter grilles that are used in residential homes. There is a fixed bar type grille, and a stamped face grille. A high flow return grille (or fixed bar return grille) is type of return grille that is much more aerodynamic than a stamped face return grille.

Home Performance understands that a home and all of its components are engaged in a symbiotic relationship, meaning, they are dependant on one another to function properly. If one were to change any element of a home, it would alter its entire functionality…

It’s important that when looking for an energy auditing company, you select the right contractor or “auditor” that will be thorough and look at every aspect of your home. A good thorough home energy audit, or home energy check-up, typically takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete.

A common myth in the home energy efficiency space is that a home can be too tight, and that you don’t want to do too much air sealing because “a house needs to breathe.” Fact: the people in a house need to breathe. The source of this myth is an understandable concern… 

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A good home energy audit provides you with an owner’s manual for your house, and a guide to saving money on energy bills. Find the right energy auditor to make sure your audit works for you. Done right, a home energy audit can…

Is your insulation working? If you haven’t yet had a home energy audit, it may be hard for you to tell. Many of today’s homes have insulation that was either improperly installed, or has settled over time, rendering it far less effective than it could be.

Room pressure imbalances can have a tremendous negative impact on your home, make it more dusty, uncomfortable, and also raise your energy bills! The way is works, it quite simple. Your duct system is a closed loop system…

Compare your household’s energy use to others across the country and get recommendations for improvement using the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick.

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