EcoHomePros is Charlotte’s Top Home Energy service provider.
Our team will assess your home and provide an efficiency report card a guide for home improvements. Your Home Pro will help you develop a home energy improvement plan that guarantees work is done in the correct order to maximize effectiveness and minimize dangerous or costly side-effects. Some things you may be able to do DIY, but other improvements will require professional installation that we can help you with.
Air Sealing a home is one of the most cost-effective and common ways to make a home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Air can leak through windows, doors, walls, rim bands, floors, ceilings, and cavities in attics and crawl spaces. Fixing such problems has been shown to lower heating and cooling costs 35-40%. Sealing these air leaks will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient – it’ll improve the quality of the air you breathe. Unconditioned areas are full of nasty things like dead bugs, dust, mold, and toxins. Air leaks from places like attics, crawl spaces, and garages can bring all of that into your living spaces in the air, making your family sick, and also making your house dirtier! Air sealing involves various strategies including caulking, weather sealing, insulating, and more. Wherever possible, we use environmentally friendly ECOSEAL, caulks, foam, insulation board, etc., along with good building science to reduce air infiltration.
Insulation is the number one energy looser in a typical home, and it’s the most common problem we solve. Most homes have old insulation that has degraded, has toxins in it like asbestos, or has been displaced by contractors or animals. Old and historic homes may not have insulation in them at all! Today, there are many modern insulation types to fit every need of each house: water-proof, anti-fungal/anti-mold, and high-density insulation, and our environmentally friendly Expert product by Knauf. We can even use blown-in insulation to fill gaps and walls without having to do any structural damage, and it enables us to reach those tiny crevices in crawl spaces and attic corners. We also have cooperative products that work with insulation to improve effectiveness, including radiant barriers that reflect heat to keep attics cool, and insulated attic hatches. Every home is different, and each part of the home has its own needs. Our auditors have building science behind their diagnoses to use the right product, for the right job, leading to maximum efficiency and savings.
Indoor air quality can be twice as polluting as outdoor air, believe it or not. And there are more influences on indoor air quality than most homeowners immediately recognize. During the audit, we check all the different ways your air quality could be compromised. Common problems include poor ventilation, insufficiency air seal that brings pollutants into your living area, and the build up of toxin from household items. The quality of the air you breathe can directly affect your family’s health. Pollutants and irritants in the air can irritate those with respiratory illnesses, cause the development of respiratory illnesses like asthma in children, and cause allergic reactions, constant tiredness, and many more conditions. Moisture and mold from crawl spaces and garages can bring a musty smell into your room and release toxins. Fixing contributing issues of air quality will also help solve energy efficiency and comfort problems, lowering your energy bills. Safety is always the first priority in solving home system problems. EcoHomePros only use products from the top manufacturers like Honeywell, Rheem and Trane. We offer a variety of products to meet your needs such as Electronic air cleaners, UV Lights, Dehumidifiers, Humidifiers and Energy Recovery Ventilators.
Heating and Cooling
The performance of your heating and cooling systems, rely on a few different things. Most commonly, Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) systems do not perform at their optimal level – in fact, usually they only operate at about 60% of capacity. Old models wear down, and lose efficiency; especially if not professionally maintained yearly, but even new models can have their issues. A common problem is having the wrong size HVAC installed for your home. Bigger is not always better! Such a problem can waste a great deal of energy and cause wear-and-tear on your system, leading to premature failure. Whether were installing an HVAC for your home for the first time, or your Energy Auditor found that your system was performing poorly, we have the knowledge and experience to diagnose the specific causes of problems, recommend the most appropriate, cost-effective solutions, and calculate the appropriate HVAC size for your needs. We will only recommend the best HVAC systems available for your needs. We are proud to be premiere dealers for Rheem and Trane. We are part of the Rheem Team and Trane Comfort Specialist; partners of these programs have to go through special training and have the highest quality of workmanship.
Leaky ducts contribute significantly to a home’s energy loss. With time they rust, binding disintegrates, holes develop in the metal, and pressure is lost. This not only wastes energy and money, but it can also fail to remove toxins from your home as it is designed to do. Sometimes, we find that duct work has not been installed in the most efficient pattern, either. We use Duct Blaster® equipment to pinpoint leakages and measure sealing success. Some routine repairs we do include straightening or replacing ducts, sealing air handlers with proper materials, hanging ducts where necessary, replacing registers to improve proper air throw and installing basic fresh air systems. Your ducts are the veins and arteries of your home, Carrying conditioned air where you want it, and removing the bad air from your breathing space. You deserve a system that working at optimal performance.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Not so long ago, almost every crawl space that was built had air flowing freely through it. In the past decade or so, many homeowners have benefited from encapsulating their crawl space with a vapor barrier. As the term suggests, encapsulation is the process by which you protect the area under your home from moisture, bugs, critters, water, and virtually all elements of the natural environment from entering the crawl space area. A vapor barrier is part of any crawl space system. There are many different types of vapor barriers to choose from. EcoHomePros always seeks to use what we believe are the finest products to fix any problem we encounter.
Hot Water Heaters
Hot water is essential to most of our lives: We use it to shower, run the dishwasher and wash clothes. Quite frequently, we use more hot water than we think — the average rate hot water flows out of the kitchen faucet is 2 gallons per minute, and an eight-minute shower uses 10 gallons of hot water. Add it all up and the average household uses 64 gallons of hot water a day. It is no wonder that water heating is the second largest energy expense, accounting for about 18 percent of homeowners’ utility bills. EcoHomePros has the ability to change your old hot water tank to a new energy efficient model, but yet it will still deliver plenty of hot water when you need it.
To determine whether you should replace windows, EcoHomePros check each existing window to ensure there is no missing glass, rotting wood, broken parts, or egregious air and water leakage. If there are obvious leaks around the frame of the window, some weatherization and rehab may be necessary before installing new low e windows.