How does a Home Energy Audit Work?
Is your home unusually drafty? Does your home always seem too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer? If you cannot maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, no matter how hard your HVAC system works, your home’s envelope may be compromised and you are probably losing a considerable amount of heated and cooled air. As much as 25 percent of your heating and cooling costs may be lost through areas with little or no insulation and leaks around windows and doors.
A home energy audit is your first step toward making your home more energy efficient. During a home energy audit, a professional energy auditor performs a series of assessments to identify where your home is losing heat and cooled air. Using data collected during the home energy audit, the energy auditor provides you with a list of improvements that will help you make your home more energy efficient.
Utility Bill Analysis
Prior to scheduling an energy audit, collect the last 12 months of your utility bills. If you don’t have bills for the entire year, contact your utility company and ask them to provide you with a summary of your bills for the previous 12 months. The auditor will review your bills and provide recommendations based on your home’s energy requirements.
The auditor will ask you about your family’s energy use and habits. He or she may ask about your use of ceiling fans and the temperature you normally keep the home. He or she may also ask about the home’s humidity levels during the summer and winter.
Energy Audit Assessment Techniques
The energy auditor will use special techniques and tools, such as blower doors, to measure leaks in your home’s envelope. The auditor may use an infrared camera to identify areas of missing insulation and air filtration. An infrared image captures a representation of heat loss, showing where insulation may be needed in the attic and walls.
The auditor may inspect and examine the doors, windows, around vents and registers and in the attic. He or she may check around your HVAC system for signs of inefficiency. The auditor may look for signs of moisture and humidity problems in various areas of the home.
Remember that you need to implement the recommendations provided by the auditor. Start with the smallest and simplest projects, such as caulking around the baseboards and windows. Plan larger projects, such as upgrading your attic insulation, as time and your budget allows.
To take the first step in improving your home’s energy efficiency, schedule a home energy audit with WA Air Conditioning. A home energy auditor will examine your home and provide you with cost effective solutions to reduce your home’s energy use. WA Air Conditioning is your full service Huntsville TX heating and air conditioning company.
March 22, 2013 4:06 pm