Why You Should Schedule A Home Energy Audit
Are you losing money every time your home’s heating or air conditioning unit kicks on? Do you even know if your home is energy efficient? Why you should schedule a home energy audit is to find out whether your home is losing energy or whether it’s properly holding in the heated and cooled air that you’re paying for!
When you schedule a professional energy evaluation with one of our geothermal energy professionals or if you hire a different company you will find ways to:
- Reduce energy usage
- Improve the comfort of your home
- Save money!
There isn’t a lot you need to do to prepare for an energy audit, but if you do these things, you will be better prepared to speak with an energy professional and make the best use of your time with him or her.
What you should do to prepare for your home energy audit
Get copies of your past utility bills. We’d suggest gathering at least a year — if that’s possible. If you present your auditor with a copy of your bills and you know what you’ve paid, you may be able to see the benefit of performing upgrades to your home to make it more energy efficient — if it isn’t already. NOTE: If you don’t have physical copies of your past heating bills, you can contact your utility provider and request copies.
What problems have you noticed? Do the curtains move when the wind blows? Have you seen condensation on the windows or on the doors? Do you walk into one room and it’s too cold and another and it’s too hot even though the temperature in another room is just right? Make note of these issues and your geothermal technician can pay special attention to those concerns when he’s performing the audit.
The next steps
Once the geothermal or home energy consultant has listened to your concerns and made note of potential issues, and he has looked at your energy bills, he will start the process.
The home energy audit usually begins on the outside of your home. The auditor will make note of any visible problem areas. He will then go into the basement or the attic and will check for the levels of insulation in both areas. He will also search for any areas where there are holes that are not sealed.
The heating unit and air conditioner and water heater will be evaluated and he will make note of any potential issues with energy efficiency.
The final step in most home energy audits includes the auditor performing a “blower door” test. This test will find any potential air leaks in the home. The way the test is performed, a large fan will draw all of the air out of the home. Once this is done, it will be replaced by outdoor air (if there are cracks, crevices or other areas of the home that are leaking air). A thermal camera will be utilized to pinpoint the exact location of any air leaks. The energy auditor will offer solutions and recommendations and a written plan for your perusal.
Schedule an energy audit by contacting Symbiont Service Corp. Once you have the energy audit performed, we can provide you with solutions to cut down on energy usage because of inefficiencies. When you do this, you’re making your home comfortable and saving money — it’s a win-win!
We educate customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For information about energy evaluations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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