A home energy audit is exactly what it sounds like- an assessment of how your home consumes and uses energy. It is the home energy audit that is the first step in determining which home projects will be most cost-effective and which ones are frivolous. No one likes spending hundreds of dollars on utility bills, but taking unnecessary steps in an effort to reduce them, will cause you to lose more money. Before you start your next home project, conduct a home energy audit first. Here, we will give a brief rundown of what a home energy audit should include.
Insulation is an important part of regulating temperatures in your home, however, not all insulation is created equal. Heat loss through ceilings and walls can be extensive if the insulation levels are less than the recommended minimum or aren’t installed at all. If you have an older home, chances are the insulation may be inadequate and could stand to be updated. If your attic, basement, or garage are uninsulated, it may be causing you to lose significant amounts of warmed or cooled air.
Inspect HVAC and Ducts
HVAC- heating, ventilation, and cooling- equipment such as a furnace or air conditioner should be checked annually, or as recommended by the manufacturer. As part of a home energy audit, your home’s heating and cooling systems will be thoroughly inspected to make sure they are performing at their peak.
Air ducts are meant to distribute air throughout your home in forced-air heating and cooling systems. It is estimated that approximately 20 percent of air is lost in the duct system through leaks, holes, or poorly connected ducts or vents. The loss of heated and cooled air drives up utility bills and reduces comfort in the home. By having your duct system inspected and tested, leaks can be identified and sealed fairly easily.
Perform Blower Test
A blower door test depressurizes a home to reveal where there are air leaks. Using a special fan, your house will be depressurized while a calibrator detects air leaks. Most common areas of leaks are around pipes and vents, and around windows and doors. A blower door test can be conducted before and after air sealing measures are completed to help measure the effectiveness.
Infrared detection is used to assess areas of the home that are warmer or cooler than the others to find out why. It may be due to ineffective ductwork, insulation issues, or air leaks. Having a clear picture will give a starting place to look for inefficiency in your home’s energy usage are air disbursement.
Lighting and Appliances
The way energy is used in your home has a great deal to what is plugged into its power network. Lighting accounts for about ten percent of an electric bull and inefficient light bulbs can cause your bill to be unnecessarily high. Appliances and electronics can also use large amounts of energy and drive up your electric bills. Home energy audits can help assess this power usage and trace it back to specific inefficient appliances.
At Apex Home Energy Savings, our goal is to reduce energy consumption and waste by maximizing energy efficiency. Most HVAC or electric companies will conduct home energy audits, for a fee, which is upwards of about 60 dollars. At Apex Home Energy Savings, we conduct free home energy audits and will recommend improvements. We will provide an obligation-free estimate for all of the suggested improvements. Our reputation rides on providing you the highest ethical service by never recommending bogus service program or equipment. Call us to schedule your home energy audit today!