Most Texas homeowners are concerned about high utility bills, but many don’t know where to start when it comes to making their homes more efficient. If spending days hunting around your home for air leaks doesn’t appeal to you, a home energy audit may be the perfect solution for your home.
What to Expect From an Energy Audit
Scheduling an energy audit with a professional is simple, and the investment can save you a great deal of money in the long run. The auditor will want to do a thorough inspection of the entire house, so make sure unused rooms, cluttered closets, and the attic and basement are all easily accessible. Much of the inspector’s job is searching the house for visible air leaks, so this part is important.
While searching for air leaks, the auditor will also use some high-tech tools that you may not recognize. The blower door test adjusts the air pressure inside the house, making air leaks easier to locate. Thermographic cameras are another option for finding air leaks, as well as gaps in insulation, as they can sense the temperature of any surface.
The auditor will also probably want to take a look at your utility bills from the last few months to get a sense of your usage and look for any red flags that may show up on the bill. The auditor may also use a wattage detector to figure out how efficient your appliances and electronics are.
Once the inspection is complete, the auditor will want to go over the results with you, and provide a thorough analysis of the issues present in your home. He or she can also suggest specific improvements that will make your home more efficient. Energy audits aren’t helpful if you don’t follow the auditor’s advice, so make sure any suggested improvements are completed immediately for maximum benefits.
For more professional advice on improving energy efficiency in your Texas home and its AC system, contact the experts at HVAC Unlimited Heating and Air Conditioning.
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