Energy upgrades

Currently DoubleCheck Home Inspections Ottawa does not conduct this type of inspection, however you may find the following information to be useful. If you would like we can arrange for this service to be provided.

As energy costs increase, more homeowners are wondering whether their home would benefit from design or systems retrofits that would create operating and environmental savings. DoubleCheck Home Inspections Ottawa can assist you with evaluating your current systems and building envelope to develop an energy-efficient strategy with the best return on investment.

Consider an energy and environmental evaluation if:

  • The property is old and systems require updating because they are near the end of their operational life and/or have failed in the past.
  • Systems are still functioning but you want to investigate technology that reduces energy consumption and/or environmental impact.
  • You want to take advantage of government environmental initiatives or subsidies.

Except in the case of an emergency upgrade (such as a furnace failure), it would be advantageous to conduct a complete energy audit to identify the most cost effective options for improving your home’s energy efficiency and reducing its environmental footprint. Improving the air tightness of your home is generally the most cost-effective upgrade you can make to increase the overall energy-saving performance.

For general guidelines on the inspection process, please see our FAQs section.

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Central Mortgage and Housing Canada (CMHC) has a wealth of information on home ownership, some of which is noted below. CMHC is located at 800 Montreal Road in Ottawa. You may wish to e-mail or contact them by: telephone at 1-800-688-2642 , or by fax at 1-800-245-9274

Order No.

Series No.

Title from About the House Series


CE 2

Measuring Humidity in Your Home


CE 2

Combustion Gases in Your Home


CE 13

Attic Venting, Attic Moisture, and Ice Dams


CE 17

The Importance of Bathroom and Kitchen Fans


CE 19

Insulating Your House


CE 22

Your Furnace Filter


CE 25

Carbon Monoxide


CE 27

Choosing a Dehumidifier


CE 28k

Assessing the Comfort and Safety of Mechanical Systems


CE 29

Should you get your Heating Ducts Cleaned?


CE 35

Hiring a Home Inspector


CE 47

Home Maintenance Schedule


CE 56

Preventing Falls on Stairs


CE 58

The ABC’s of Windows


CE 61

Renovating Your Basement for Livability



Dealing with Power Outages



Fire Safety



Improving Your Security and Safety

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) also has useful information, some of which is listed following.

  • Dwellings: Energy Conservation
  • Consumers Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors
  • Dwellings: Insulation
  • Insulation: Heat
  • Keeping The Heat In





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