The EPA calls "indoor air pollution" the country's leading environmental health concern.

Home Performance Services

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  • Health: by identifying and eliminating potentially dangerous carbon monoxide levels due to inadequate venting of your heating system and water heater
  • Comfort: with appropriate levels of insulation and air sealing that eliminate drafty rooms and give you more control over indoor air quality and temperature
  • Durability: by preventing warm, moist air from the inside, as well as rain and external moisture from entering walls and attic spaces and causing structural damage
  • Greater energy efficiency: reducing monthly space heating and cooling costs
  • Resale value: because of the high-performance systems and changes you can implement to improve your home’s overall quality

Plus, when you use Sea Pointe’s Home Performance Services, you get the added benefit of knowing you’re helping preserve California’s environment.

Less energy used means fewer environmental impacts on our air, water and land.

Performance Questionaire

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  • Does your family suffer from allergies, asthma or chronic colds?

  • Are parts of your home uncomfortably hot or cold in the summer or winter?

  • Do you notice excessive dust in your home?

  • Have you ever found mold growing in closets or behind furniture? Do you notice any unusual odors?

  • Do your heating & cooling bills seem too high?

  • Does your heating or cooling system run continuously during hot or cold weather?

What Now?

Your under performing home may be costing you health quality, comfort and home value. If you’ve answered “YES” to any of the questions on the Performance Questionnaire, give us a call to schedule your home performance evaluation today!

Breathe Better Air

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Breathe Better Air

You and your family could be exposed to toxic air recirculated throughout your home without your knowledge. Leaky ductwork is one of the most important & common problems found in the house. Leaks in the ductwork have a direct effect on indoor air quality and can actually trigger allergic & asthmatic attacks. They reduce your comfort level and increase your utility bills by wasting energy.

BREATHE BETTER AIR:

Leaks in your home’s interrelated air systems can pull pollutants & irritants directly into you house. These pollutants are drawn into the duct work from the attic, crawlspace, garage or home seal breaches and are distributed throughout your house by the air conditioner, furnace or heat pump fan. Common pollutants & irritants drawn into houses by these leaks include:

farinae

mold & mildew spores

pollen & allergens

insulation fibers

insecticides

dust & dust mites

automobile exhaust

vapors from stored chemicals

THE SOLUTION:
Home Performance Testing & Analysis

We can scientifically determine if your indoor air quality is contributing to poor health, discomfort and high utility bills. Our trained, certified Home Performance technicians can evaluate your home’s performance & duct work with state of the art scientific equipment and make recommendations for repairs. A complete scientific report and estimate for repairs will be generated for your home.

GET STARTED:

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The professionals of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR are trained to identify the cause of problems or potential problems in your home and provide you with solutions.

The first step in the process is to schedule an in-home evaluation. Our expert consultants will conduct a thorough inspection of all the systems in your home and identify problems and their sources. You’ll receive an objective, third-party diagnosis and a report of recommended solutions.

Once all work is completed, we’ll follow-up with a post-performance evaluation and inspection so you know things have changed for the better. Whatever the situation, the comfort, safety and durability of your home remain top priority.

Home Performance Services

Call us today to learn how you can add to your home’s…

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  • Health: by identifying and eliminating potentially dangerous carbon monoxide levels due to inadequate venting of your heating system and water heater
  • Comfort: with appropriate levels of insulation and air sealing that eliminate drafty rooms and give you more control over indoor air quality and temperature
  • Durability: by preventing warm, moist air from the inside, as well as rain and external moisture from entering walls and attic spaces and causing structural damage
  • Greater energy efficiency: reducing monthly space heating and cooling costs
  • Resale value: because of the high-performance systems and changes you can implement to improve your home’s overall quality

Plus, when you use Sea Pointe’s Home Performance Services, you get the added benefit of knowing you’re helping preserve California’s environment.
Less energy used means fewer environmental impacts on our air, water and land.

TESTING

A professionally trained home performance analyst will visit your home to conduct a thorough home performance analysis. This thorough testing will include a comprehensive testing program utilizing the latest Energy Star certified techniques and tools.

Tests include:

1. COMBUSTION SAFETY & HEATING RELATED TESTS

These tests and inspections are conducted in the heating and cooling equipment area of your house.

Carbon Monoxide Tests - We look for excess carbon monoxide in the flue gases of your heating appliances and in the air of your house.

Drafting Tests - An evaluation of the risk that the combustion gases in building’s flue(s) will be pulled back into your house by a source of negative pressure.

Flue Inspection - An examination of your combustion equipment flue pipes for blockages or other hazardous conditions.

HVAC Equipment Inspection - A visual inspection examines the overall condition of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.

2. HEALTH & DURABILITY INSPECTIONS

Mold and Moisture Sources - As part of a walk through of the house, your inspector looks for areas where there is evidence of mold or high humidity.

Indoor Air Pollution Sources - Also as part of a walk through of the house, your inspector looks for areas where there is evidence of potential sources of indoor air pollution.

House Durability Inspection - The inspector looks for areas where there is evidence of maintenance problems affecting the durability of your house.

Insulation and Envelope Inspection - An examination and measurement of the insulation levels in various areas of your building’s “shell.”

Roof and Attic Inspection - The inspector examines the roof and attic for evidence of maintenance problems.

Exhaust Fan Duct Condition - Finally, as part of a walk-through of the house, your inspector examines the condition of your exhaust fan ductwork for length and condition. Too long of a duct run can cause moisture problems, and leaky exhaust ducts can put damaging amounts of moisture into your house.

3. WHOLE HOUSE PERFORMANCE TESTS

Blower Door Test - A comprehensive test measures the leakiness of your house. The building is pressurized and de-pressurized and a measurement of air leakage is performed.

Duct Leakage - A similar test that measures the leakiness of your duct system.

Pressure Mapping (Test performed depending on circumstances) – This test helps to determine the unintentional air flows that occur when the heating and cooling fan is on. A second test looks at the unintentional connectedness of various spaces such as attics, basements and garages to your house.

4. ENERGY ANALYSIS

Historical Electrical Consumption – Analysis of one year’s worth of historical electric bills. Identify possible savings through photovoltaic. Verify rate schedule is optimized.

Historical Gas Consumption – Determine viability of renewable heat sources such as solar thermal, solar pool heating, flash hot water systems, etc.

Lighting – Lighting bulbs and fixtures can be replaced with more efficient bulbs and fixtures that last longer and pay for themselves.

Appliances – Energy Star appliances save money and provide high performance. Appliances are identified as potentially benefiting from an upgrade to an Energy Star Appliance.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF INFRARED IMAGING ANALYSIS

ANALYSIS:

Below are images taken with a regular camera and an infrared camera during the testing process. This imaging allows the Home Performance Services technician to identify areas of your home that are losing heat and under performing.

In the infrared images on the right, the brighter the area of the image, the more heat loss is detected.

Infrared Image 1 - under sink
The photo on the left is of the plumbing inside a vanity cabinet. The infrared picture on the right shows where heat escapes under and around the pipes that lack insulation.
Infrared Image 2 - attic access
The photo on the left is of the attic access panel.. The infrared picture on the right shows where an enormous amount heat is drawn through the panel into the attic.
Infrared Image 3 - can light
The photo on the left is a recessed light fixture. The infrared picture on the right shows where a majority of heat is lost through the actual light fixture and also reveals where insulation is missing in the ceiling above.
Infrared Image 4 - hallway
The hallway pictured on the left does not reveal where energy is lost. The infrared picture on the right shows leaks along the baseboard and a particularly large leak behind the door stop.
Infrared Image 5 - light fixture
The light fixture in the left photo does not show where energy is lost. On the right, the bright colors reveal an un-insulated installation.

Energy Links:

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Alliance To Save Energy

American Solar Energy Association

Center For Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology

California Building Performance Contractors Association

Department Of Energy: Tax Breaks

Eco Soul

Energy Star

Environmental Protection Agency

Home Energy Magazine

Path To Freedom: Calculators

Solar Energy Industries Association

Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP)

The Energy Conservatory

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Lighting Tips

When purchasing new light fixtures or bulbs, look for ENERGY STAR® qualified products.
Bulbs and fixtures bearing ENERGY STAR are the most energy efficient on the market and will save energy, save money and help the environment.

Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use as little as one-quarter the electricity as incandescent lamps and they last up to six times longer.

Replace halogen floor lamps with energy-efficient models.
Halogen floor lamps cost more to operate each year than they cost to purchase in the first place. In addition, they pose a fire hazard due to the extremely hot temperatures produced by the high-wattage bulbs. An energy-efficient compact fluorescent model produces as much light, runs cooler and use only a fraction of the electricity.

Keep bulbs and fixtures clean.
Dirt will absorb the light and reduce the efficiency.

Turn off unnecessary lighting.
If you are not in the room, you don’t need the light. Even if you are leaving for just a few minutes, it saves energy to turn the lights off.

Reduce background light levels and rely more on task lighting.
Concentrate light where you need it. For example, if you are working diligently at a desk, the other lights on the room could be turned off.

Use motion sensor lights.
These are very efficient to use, especially outdoors, so you don’t have to leave all of your lights on the entire time you are away from your home.

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Kitchen Tips

If you are thinking about purchasing a new refrigerator, freezer or dishwasher, look for one that is ENERGY STAR® qualified. These are the most efficient models on the market and will save energy and save money.

Control the refrigerator and freezer temperatures.
The refrigerator compartment should be kept between 36° F and 38° F, and the freezer compartment between 0° F and 5° F.

Check refrigerator door seals.
If you close the door on a dollar bill and can easily pull it out, then the door seal is not very effective. Door seals can be replaced, although finding the proper seal can be difficult. You can check at refrigeration parts stores.

Keep your refrigerator in as cool a location as possible.
Try to locate the refrigerator away from ovens, stoves, and direct sunlight. A 10° F increase in surrounding temperature can result in a 20% higher energy consumption.

Clean the condenser coils.
Dust and pet hair can build up on the condenser coils at the back of or underneath the fridge, causing it to work harder. At least once a year it’s worth the effort to vacuum or dust off the coils.

Make sure the refrigerator is level.
If it’s not, the door might not close fully.

Keep foods in the refrigerator covered to reduce moisture build-up.
Refrigerators have to work harder if the air inside is humid.

Wash full loads in the dishwasher and choose the energy saver cycle.

With gas cooktops, make sure that you are getting a bluish flame.
A yellow flame indicates that the gas might not be burning efficiently.

Thaw foods completely before cooking.
It is most efficient to thaw foods in the refrigerator, but if pressed for time, a microwave is also efficient.

Use microwave ovens when you can.
Energy consumption and cooking times for certain foods are greatly reduced, especially small portions and leftovers to be reheated.

Use the smallest pan necessary to do the job.
Smaller surfaces require less energy. Match the pan size to the element size. For example, a 6″ pan on an 8″ burner can waste over 40% of the heat produced by the burner.

If you use aluminum foil to catch drips in the oven, place the foil one rack below the cookware. Foil on the rack with the cookware will reflect heat away from the cooking surface.

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Bathroom Tips

Take a shower instead of a bath.
You’ll heat about half as much water.

Turn off the faucet while you shave.
You’ll save on water-heating. Keep it off when you brush your teeth too, and you can save thousands of gallons of water a year.

Replace your old, noisy ventilation fan with a quiet, low-wattage, ENERGY STAR labeled fan.
It is very likely that if you can hear your fan throughout the house, or even in nearby rooms, it’s an energy hog.

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Laundry Tips

If you are thinking about purchasing a new clothes washer, look for one that is ENERGY STAR® qualified.

ENERGY STAR clothes washers use 35-50% less water and 50% less energy per load. The washer design causes less wear and tear and fewer wrinkles on clothes. Bulky items such as blankets fit easily in the super capacity basket. Better water extraction during the spin cycle means less drying time, for more energy savings.

Use cold water settings.
Use cold water for the wash cycle instead of hot or warm, and use cold for rinses.

Clean the dryer filter after each use.
A clogged filter will restrict airflow and reduce dryer performance.

Load the washing machine to capacity.
Washing one large load will use less energy than washing two loads on a low or medium setting. When you don’t have a full load, match the water level to the size of the load.

In good weather, consider hanging clothes outside to dry. It’s free.

Don’t over-dry clothes that you are going to iron.
Take clothes out while they are still slightly damp to reduce the need for ironing – another big energy user. Over-drying can cause shrinkage, generates static electricity and shortens fabric life.

Dry full loads when possible, but be careful not to overfill the dryer, because air needs to circulate around the clothes.

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Cooling Tips

If you’re buying a room air conditioner, look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners exceed minimum federal standards for energy consumption by at least 10%.

Buy the smallest air conditioner appropriate for the room you’re cooling.
You’ll be more comfortable and the unit will operate more effectively. See the chart below for the best size for your room.

Don’t let the air conditioner bake in the sun.
Room air conditioners work best when kept out of direct sunlight. Install them near shade trees or on the north side of the house if possible.

Seal gaps along the sides of your air conditioner to keep the outside air from seeping in.
Caulk and weather strip your windows and doors, and seal any holes between the attic and your living space to keep cool air in and hot air out.

Clean air conditioner filters regularly, keep the front and back of air conditioners unobstructed.
Use fans on humid days to move air through your home. You’ll feel cooler and you’ll need less air conditioning.

Check your insulation.
Well-installed insulation is as important as the amount you use. Blown cellulose insulation is a good choice if you’re adding insulation, because it fills gaps between fiberglass batts and conforms to framing irregularities.

In warmer weather, delay heat-producing tasks, such as dishwashing, baking, or doing laundry, until the cooler evening hours.

Use an exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen while cooking. The savings in your cooling costs far outweigh the electricity use of the fan.

Instead of an air conditioner, open windows on opposite sides of the house for cross-ventilation.

Use fans in your windows to draw in cooler night air. Close the windows and shades/curtains during the day to keep the cooler air in.

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Standard incandescent light bulbs lose 90% of their energy as heat. Compact fluorescent bulbs produce only a fraction of the heat and don’t waste electricity.

Close window blinds, curtains, shades, or drapes in the daytime summer hours.
Sunlight shining in windows usually adds the largest amount of unwanted summertime heat. During some of our hottest weather, it’s even helpful to keep the windows themselves closed to keep hot air from blowing into your home. In the evening and early in the morning, open windows to allow cooler air in.

Plant shade trees to block heat from your windows and roof.

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Sea Pointe
576 Wald Street,
Irvine CA 92618
Phone: 949.861.3400