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Oct 23 2014

Ready for Winter? What Home Energy Audits Can Tell You That Might Surprise You

Who Knew that Home Energy Audits Were This Thorough?

Home Energy Audits

Home energy audits are a convenient way to have an expert assess your home’s energy usage. It’s also the prime opportunity to discover ways you could start saving on your electric bill right away. A technician will use specialized technology and equipment to evaluate the efficiency of your HVAC equipment, but that’s not all they’ll check. They’ll also look for other places where energy leaks or inefficiencies that could be costing you money.

Think your home doesn’t have any of these energy efficiencies? Here are some common, potential home energy audit findings that might surprise you.

Your Attic Insulation is Letting You Down

Home energy audits should include an inspection of the insulation’s R-Value, which refers to the insulation’s ability to resist heat movement. If your home has had a pest infestation in the attic, experienced water damage, or was insulated many years ago, there is a chance that your attic insulation may need to be replaced to ensure the structure’s efficiency.

Your HVAC System Has Been Steadily Losing Efficiency and Performance

If you haven’t had your furnace or air conditioner regularly maintained, you will be surprised at how drastically their performance and efficiency have diminished through the years. Whether your system is brand new or 15 years old, it’s always a good idea to have your HVAC equipment inspected by a professional once a year to keep them at their prime.

With Those Leaky Window Seals, You Might as Well Just Leave One Open

A good home energy audit should also include an examination of the seals around every door and window. You will be surprised to learn how much air is lost due to damaged or missing weather stripping. Some estimates put the average energy loss due to leaks around windows and doors as equal to leaving a medium sized window open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Simply adding new caulk to seal window frames can go a long way to reducing your heating and cooling bills.

If you’re like most of our customers, your two biggest household priorities are your family’s comfort and keeping your electricity bill in check. We look forward to helping you achieve both. To make an appointment for one of our complete home energy audits, call us at 803.772.4490.

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