Many of us strive to be more eco-friendly, and all of us would love to save money wherever possible. If you want both, understanding your total household power consumption is the perfect place to start. Read on to learn more about the benefits of a home energy audit.
A professional energy audit provides a detailed, comprehensive outline of your home’s total energy consumption. It also shows you where improvements can be made for increased efficiency and overall comfort, such as replacing high-energy appliances. Additionally, your qualified auditor can help you analyze the information, identify, and prioritize major problem areas, and decide what changes will provide the greatest impact.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), heating and cooling systems account for over half of the energy used in homes. During a professional energy assessment, the assessor will:
In the end, the report will show you exactly what changes can/should be made to optimize the HVAC efficiency and comfort of your home.
Improving your home’s energy efficiency effectively reduces its greenhouse gas emissions. When you make changes presented by your assessment, you also make your home eco-friendlier and “green.”
As part of the assessment process, your auditor will use diagnostic tools that help identify existing health and safety issues like faulty electrical wiring, carbon monoxide (CO) and fuel leaks, and ventilation. As a result, you’ll know what steps to take to improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) and overall safety.
What happens when you combine the above benefits of a home energy audit? As with any update, making your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly will increase property value. The impact will vary depending on the changes made and other factors, but updated appliances, improved ventilation, and eliminating safety concerns allows you to sell your home for more when the time comes.
If you don’t know how to find a professional auditor, ask your local government energy office or your electric or gas utility for recommendations. Consult the Residential Energy Services Network directory for local certified energy raters and auditors.
As your local HVAC experts, we at Heating & Cooling Two understand the importance of maximizing efficiency and minimizing costs. We offer a variety of products and professional services to help ensure your heating and cooling systems run at peak performance for optimal home comfort.
Contact us today to learn more.