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Do I Need A Home Performance Test?

You’re a smart homeowner – you clear your gutters regularly, seed your lawn in the fall, and schedule your yearly heating & cooling maintenance visits promptly when you receive your reminder call from Oliver. But there are still some comfort issues in your home that you’ve resigned yourself to over the years, thinking that’s just the way it is – do any of these sound familiar?

  • Rooms or spaces that are consistently hotter or colder than the set temperature
  • High energy consumption
  • Mold, mildew, or musty odors
  • Damp basement
  • Excessive or persistent dust
  • Moisture on windows
  • Peeling paint
  • Dry indoor air in winter

And one that might be a big problem with the weather we’re having right now: ice dams on your roof, which prevent the proper drainage of melting snow. It looks something like this:

Ice builds up on roof

An ice dam is caused by uneven heat escaping through the roof, and the buildup prevents proper drainage from the roof.

An ice dam is caused by uneven levels of heat escaping through the roof – warm air that reaches the ridge melts snow and ice, which refreezes when it hits the lower, colder area of the roof. This results in the buildup of snow and ice on the eaves that you see in this picture.

If any of these problems sound familiar, you don’t have to resign yourself to thinking “Well, that’s just how it is in this house.” Oliver’s BPI-certified Home Performance Specialists know how to correct these problems, and more! They have undergone a rigorous training and testing program to master the techniques and technology to identify the problem areas in your home and suggest solutions that will help you be more comfortable.

Attic access door before modificationsAttic hatch after modifications For many people, a highlight of the home performance test is to see their home through the infrared camera. We won’t tell anyone if you want to do a little ghost hunting in the attic during the test, we promise! Check out these cool before & after photo of what one homeowner was able to do by following the recommendations of their home performance test:

Notice how clearly the door is outlined in the Before picture – that’s a source of heat loss and wasted energy. By implementing the Home Performance Specialist’s suggestions, the homeowner was able to correct this problem and achieve the even temperatures shown in the second picture.  Right now is the perfect time to schedule your appointment with an Oliver Home Performance Specialist – we’re currently offering the home performance test, which is regularly $399, for only $97! This is end of year special goes away after December 31st, 2013 so call today or request an appointment online using promo code “HPT13” to get this special pricing.

Happy Comfort Days to all!