Home Performance Professionals, Inc. is the go-to company for green home performance upgrades and home performance audits in Buffalo and Western New York. With over 25 years of experience in the building performance industry, we have both the expertise and the technology to deliver the best results for improved energy efficiency, comfort, building durability, and indoor air quality.
In addition to providing home performance audits for single-family and multi-family residential buildings, our air sealing and insulation crews are the best in their field. We emphasize quality installation and pair insulation with air sealing to ensure maximum energy savings. We use state of the art equipment to test our work to ensure that it meets our rigorous standards of quality.
With our supreme expertise, Home Performance Professionals, Inc. has also provided building science training and technical assistance to dozens of insulation and heating and cooling contractors as well as westernization agencies throughout New York state.
If you're a homeowner or building owner interested in learning how you can substantially reduce your energy bills while improving your building's comfort, durability, and health & safety contact us today!
Frequently asked questions
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What is insulation?
Insulation is material that is used to create a barrier between two spaces to prevent sound, heat, etc. from exiting one space and entering another. Our primary goal is to prevent heat from leaving your house and cold air from entering.
Where should I have insulation?
The simplest answer is anywhere where heat can escape and cold air can get into your home. The most common and useful areas are the attic, basement, craw space, exterior walls, floors, garage.
How much insulation should my home have?
It all depends on where you live and what climate you live in. Every section of the house varies on how much insulation it should contain, but this is figured out through the R-value.
What is "R-Value?"
The R-value is the level of resistance of heat traveling through the insulation. The recommended level varies across the country according to the climate and location
I already have insulation in my home. Why should I add more?
Some homes do not have the recommended R-value of insulation in their home. Adding insulation can help retain more heat because your home heating system does not have to keep heating cool air. This drives your heating bill down.
What is retrofitting?
Retrofitting is adding additional material that was not there originally. This is most commonly referred to when adding insulation on top of the insulation that is already installed in your home. This allows you to reach the recommended R-value throughout your house, insuring a healthful environment improved home.
What is comprehensive draft sealing?
Comprehensive draft sealing, which used to be called air sealing, is removing holes and cracks from your house where cold air can get in and create a draft. Air sealing is often done to rim joists in your basement and holes for pipes and wires.
Why should I hire you instead of doing it myself?
While it is possible for you to insulate some of your home, most of the job requires professionals. Spray foam insulation requires specific tools and machines that are handled by trained professionals. Those in the field can find the specific problems that need to be addressed and know how to efficiently and effectively fix them. To maximize your energy savings, professionals can ensure you get the biggest return on your investment. If you want whole-house comfort in an energy efficiency home, a trained specialist is the way to go.
Do you need to remove my drywall to add insulation?
No. To insulate existing walls, the crew drills holes (which are filled afterwards) to blow insulation into the wall.
How long does it take to install insulation?
It varies greatly and depends on a multitude of factors, but generally a day to a couple weeks. How much work needs to be done, the amount of insulation already in the house, and the size of the house/apartment/building are all factors.
Do I need to replace my insulation if it gets wet?
It depends on how wet it is and how long it’s been wet. If it’s damp and can dry out quickly, it may not have to be replaced. If that’s not the case, it may have to be replaced to prevent mold growth and to sustain the R-value. The most important part to wet insulation is finding the cause of the problem. If you replace the insulation, you do not want to have to replace it again because the source of the water was not plugged or stopped.
Does insulation create a sound barrier?
Yes. While insulation may not make your home sound proof, it will help to reduce noise.
Testing & Services
What will a home performance diagnostic test tell you?
A home performance diagnostic test (check-up), which used to be called an energy audit, has a lot of components that provide a “whole-house” understanding of the energy being used in your home. We will be able to tell you how efficient your combustion equipment is (ex. water heater, furnace, boiler), the movement of air in your home, the amount of insulation you have and need, where heat is escaping in your home, and much more. The “whole-house” standpoint looks at your house as one large unit with parts like appliances, insulation, and combustion equipment that make it work. Everything must work in unity in order to keep your home safe, dry, and warm. Our energy check-up makes sure your house has components that do just that.
Why are there so many different names for the same services?
Are there any programs to help pay for home energy services?
Yes. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ("NYSERDA") provides no cost or reduced cost energy audits to those that qualify through the EmPower New York Program. EmPower provides no or low cost energy services, including insulation, air sealing, heating system upgrades, and light bulb retrofitting. Click here to learn more.
Can CFL and LED lightbulbs really save me money?
Yes! Both have longer life spans, lower annual operating costs, and less electricity usage than incandescent light bulbs. Check out our lighting page for more information.
Which home energy audit is right for me?
If you want just insulation work done, it is best to go with a free estimate. If you want to know how to reduce you energy bill, you should have an energy reduction audit. If you want both, a home performance audit is the way to go. All three options are possible with Home Performance Professionals. Give us a call or contact us today!
Do you install and repair windows?
We do not do windows at Home Performance Professionals. We like to keep our business in one market to ensure expert service.