Comprehensive Home Assessment

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Comprehensive Home Assessment

Home Performance with Energy Star can help you lower your energy bills and make your home safer and more comfortable!

With a priority on health and safety, Kool-Temp Heating & Cooling Inc. performs a Comprehensive Home Assessment. We use the latest in technology to look at the performance of your home with respect to health, safety, and energy efficiency.

During your comprehensive home assessment we check the following:

  • Health and safety (Carbon Monoxide/Mold/Moisture Problems)
  • Air infiltration rates using the blower door and thermal imaging camera
  • Insulation levels
  • Domestic hot water system spillage tests
  • Heating system efficiency, Draft test, Smoke test, and Carbon Monoxide
  • Cooling system efficiency
  • Distribution system (ductwork)
  • Lighting
  • Major appliances
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We use a number of diagnostic tools during the home assessment. Some of the tools that we use are:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Analyzer: Measures the CO levels in your home and heating equipment.
  • Blower Door: Measures the tightness of a home and helps identify where infiltration is present.
  • Duct Blaster: Measures how leaky your ductwork is.
  • Thermal Imaging Camera: Allows you to see heat transfer through the walls, helps to see where infiltration is entering your home.

Incentives and Financing

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program offers valuable financial incentives and low-interest financing that help make energy efficiency improvements more affordable.

The 10% cashback incentive

When you complete energy efficiency upgrades through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, you will be eligible to receive 10 percent of the cost of eligible upgrades back (up to a maximum of $3,000) after the work is complete. Your contractor can help you verify that your upgrades qualify for this incentive.

Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR grants

Depending on household income you can qualify for a grant of up to $5,000 to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of energy efficiency upgrades. In most New York State counties, a family of four with a household income up to about $65,000 will qualify. Two- to four-unit residential buildings with additional income-eligible households can qualify for a grant of up to $10,000.

Low-interest financing

NYSERDA offers two of low-interest loans options:

Option 1: On-Bill Recovery Loans

An On-Bill Recovery Loan allows you to have your loan payments built into your utility bill. You’ll have no extra bills each month and nothing new to keep track of. Even better: your monthly payments will be calculated not to exceed the expected amount your energy upgrades will save you on energy costs. So your energy savings cover most or all of your payment.

  • The current interest rate is 3.49%. Interest rates are subject to change.
  • When you rent or sell your home, you will have the option to transfer the unpaid balance of loan to the new owners or tenants. If you do choose to transfer the balance, you’ll be required to provide notice to the new owner or tenant.
  • On-Bill Recovery Financing requires a declaration to be signed and filed by NYSERDA. The declaration is not a lien on the property but is recorded to provide notice to others of the obligation under the loan note.
  • Customers of the following utilities are eligible for On-Bill Recovery Financing: Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Con Edison, Long Island Power Authority, NYSEG, National Grid (upstate NY customers only), Orange & Rockland, and Rochester Gas & Electric.

Option 2: Smart Energy Loans

Smart Energy Loans offer affordable interest rates, flexible terms and simple repayment options. Paying for a Smart Energy Loan is similar to any other conventional loan. You make monthly payments to NYSERDA’s loan servicer by check or automatic bank withdrawals.

  • The current interest rate is 3.49% if you pay via automatic bank withdrawals. Interest rates are subject to change.

How to apply for financing

To see more details and apply for either of NYSERDA’s low-interest financing options, visit the Energy Finance Solutions website or call Energy Finance Solutions at 1-800-361-5663.

Green Jobs Green New York Energy Audits - Free or Reduced Cost Residential Energy Audit

Green Jobs - Green New York (GJGNY) offers free and reduced-cost residential energy audits to income-eligible owners of 1- to 4- unit residential buildings. A participating Building Performance Institute (BPI) Accredited contractor will provide a comprehensive home assessment or energy audit to identify energy saving opportunities.

To qualify for a free/reduced-cost residential energy audit you must:

  • Own the 1- to 4- unit residential buildings;
  • Have a total household income at or below 200% (free) - 400% (reduced cost) of Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Have not previously received a free/reduced cost audit; and
  • Provide a summary of the annual electric and heating usage for the building (a utility bill that lists annual usage and/or a 12-24 month summary from an oil, propane, or other heating fuel vendor).
Free/reduced cost residential energy audits are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are fully committed. Applicants that meet the eligibility and supporting documentation requirements will receive a reservation number along with terms and conditions from the program. Applicants will have 90 days to have their residential energy audit completed by a participating BPI Accredited contractor.
General terms and conditions:
  • Free or reduced-cost residential energy audits are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are fully committed;
  • Audits must be performed by a participating BPI Accredited contractor in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program;
  • The maximum audit reimbursement amount is subject to verification of the building type (1-4 residential units) and total conditioned square footage above grade by the participating BPI Accredited contractor performing the energy audit
  • The audit reservation number is only valid for ninety (90) days;
  • The audit reservation number is only valid for one audit; and,
  • One free or reduced cost residential energy audit per eligible building owner.

Opt Out:

Customers may choose to opt out of the free and reduced cost audits. Customers who choose to opt out will be required to provide a written statement to the contractor that they choose to proceed without a free/reduced cost energy audit. A customer that opts out and pays a market rate for the audit and comprehensive modeling will remain eligible for Green Jobs – Green New York financing and the High Efficiency Measure Incentives. Download the form Decline a Free or Reduced Cost Audit.

For more information visit: NYSERDA