Many homeowners in our area don’t really understand what a home energy audit is, let alone the benefits it provides. If you’re one of them, then you’ve come across the right blog post!
Simply put, an energy audit is a series of tests that our technicians perform to determine if and where your home energy opportunities lie. You may be losing energy from any number of sources throughout your living space—damaged HVAC ductwork, improper HVAC installation to begin with that creates poor system operation, drafty windows and doors, and inadequate insulation in your home.
Once an energy audit is performed, with a technician’s help you can start improving your efficiency and save considerable money in utility bills in the meantime. But you might still be wondering if it will really benefit you that much. Read on as we uncover a few of the things you might miss out on without this important service!
Lowered Utility Bills
This is the most popular reason for scheduling a home energy audit, also called an energy assessment. We’ll help you find out how your hose wastes energy and subsequently money. Whether you’re letting cooled air out during the summer or heat out during the winter, it means your HVAC system runs longer to try to compensate.
As it does this, it uses more energy than it otherwise would have, and you end up paying for energy bills that should have been exponentially smaller. A proper home energy assessment will show you where you can create better sealing and insulation in your home to prevent losing energy from your HVAC systems.
No matter the time of year, leaking air can make your home miserable. Think about it—if you have drafty windows and doors or damaged ductwork, or even poor insulation during the summer. Then moisture can get in and cooled air can get out. You’ll be stuck inside a muggy and uncomfortable home no matter how low you set your thermostat or how long your run your air conditioner.
A home energy audit helps see where you can seal leaks to improve comfort.
Better Indoor Air Quality
We just mentioned above that you could be letting moisture in your home during the summer through drafts and damaged ducts? This creates humidity in your home. The ideal relative humidity level in any home is between 30-50%. Anything higher than that is going to make it hard for you to cool off, even while you run the AC.
This isn’t the only indoor air quality threat either. When you have drafts, it’s also more likely that your home will draw in pollutants from the outside such as pollen, dust mites, dirt, and even mold spores due to high humidity. An energy audit shows where the opportunities are that this might occur.
If you’ve never had a home energy audit conducted before, or if you’ve made some changes to your home and aren’t sure it’s performing as efficiently as possible, now is the time to consider having an assessment done!