What Is a Home Energy Audit?
Practically all homeowners dream of slashing off a substantial amount from their energy bills. After all, the cost savings can be allocated toward more important matters, like your child’s college fund or home repairs.
There are numerous strategies that you can implement to lower your energy consumption at home. However, if you wish to optimize these strategies, it is often recommended by HVAC professionals be to subject your home to an energy audit first. An energy audit is typically offered to you when you are considering HVAC replacement and you have an odd shaped home, or the original ductwork and registers were not properly designed by the home builder. HVAC companies enlist in these third party audits to ensure the proper measurements and energy efficiency upgrades that need to be made, they also look for options to maximize your rebates if you decide to replace your HVAC equipment. Pretty cool right?
What is a home energy audit?
A home energy audit is a series of diagnostic exams which focus on your home’s ventilation. You know, those little white things with the metal slits in them that are all around your home. It also involves the implementation of safety measures like invisible gas emissions. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a touchy subject because we never want to seem like we are instilling fear into our customers unnecessarily. However it is something an energy audit inspector will look for in order to ensure your family is safe while using your furnace. The goal of this audit is not to alarm you, it is to help homeowners increase comfort while decreasing energy cost.
A comprehensive energy audit will include a few tests. One of these is the air leakage test where the home airflow is tested in order to identify air leaks and help retain air conditioned or heated air longer. Energy auditors will also conduct a thorough and detailed visual inspection of the property in order to identify problems related to insulation and moisture. Finally, in the furnace and water heater safety and efficiency test, the gas appliances in your home are checked for toxic emissions.
Typically, the audit lasts somewhere between three and four hours, depending on the size of your home as well as the number of HVAC systems in it.
After the audit has been completed, your HVAC contractor will receive a detailed report of the findings from the professionals who conducted the audit. The report will include photos, recommendations for improvements, and an estimate of savings. The auditor will discuss these findings and recommendations to you.
Why should you consider investing in a home energy audit?
This service is recommended for practically all homeowners. If you wish to reduce your energy bills and save money, this audit will help you better understand what it will take to achieve both goals. However most homeowners, don’t know they are available and don’t consider them until they are thinking of a major home upgrade and an HVAC contractor has recommended it. Home energy audits can cost anywhere from $400 to $800 depending on the company. Some HVAC companies will pay for them if you choose to do the recommended upgrades with them.
The audit can also help boost comfort in your home and its different rooms year-round. An audit will help you identify key issues that lead to problems like humidity, molds and mildew, air quality and uneven temperature.
A home energy audit can also help bolster safety and security in your home. By closely inspecting the appliances in your home, auditors can help you prevent potential problems and maximize your investment in these household appliances.
Finally, if you are considering remodeling your home, an audit will help you take that as an opportunity to make your home more energy-efficient.