Unknown to most, a large percentage of homes are not energy efficient and the most significant portion of energy waste is generated during the home’s heating and cooling process.
Home energy waste can be caused in many ways, including: leaky air duct systems, inadequate levels of insulation, insulation failures, recessed lighting leakage, incandescent lighting, building envelope penetrations, leaky doors and windows, and inefficient heating and cooling systems. By making cost effective home improvements, an average homeowner can reduce their energy bill by as much as 15% – 35% while also increasing the comfort and air quality within their home.
The key to achieving efficiency and comfort is to adopt a “whole house as a system” approach. You must treat your home as a complete energy system, with numerous connecting parts working together, to achieve maximum efficiency. REEis is not a single service provider. Unlike single service providers (air conditioning companies, insulation companies, window companies, etc.), REEis is a licensed general, insulation and HVAC contractor which ensures that it’s technicians will analyze each system within your home, without bias, to identify the specific improvements needed to maximize your home’s performance. A single service provider may only have the ability and motivation to identify and recommend improvements within their limited area of expertise, possibly resulting in an expensive repair that does not address the root cause of the problem.
Duct Sealing Air distribution ducts are a series of connecting pipes and hard ducts that deliver warm and cool air to your living space to maintain a comfortable temperature within your home. Typically, ductwork is hidden away in the attic or crawl space, helping costly leaks to go undetected. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average duct system loses anywhere from 20% to 40% of your heating and cooling through duct leakages This hidden problem alone can cost you several hundred dollars per year in avoidable utility bills.
Insulation Using the recommended level of insulation in your attic, walls and floor is your primary defense against heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. Having the prescribed amount of insulation increases your home’s thermal performance while decreasing heating and cooling costs, improving comfort and reducing noise levels.
What most contractors and homeowners are not aware of is that there is a direct relationship between insulation and other components of the home such as: framing, plumbing, electrical and architectural design. When this relationship fails, which is extremely common, the effectiveness of the insulation is compromised. A failure rate of just 5% will reduce the effectiveness of your insulation by half. Due to such failures and other instances where insulation quantity is insufficient, the U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that 99% of all homes in America are not properly insulated.