You get regular check-ups for your car, your finances, your job performance, your kids’ behavior at school and especially for your body. Why wouldn’t you get a check-up for your home? "Audit" may be associated with “unpleasant” in your book (especially if you’ve ever tangled with the IRS), but an energy audit may be the very thing you need to efficiently solve problems you didn’t know you had.
Talk about false advertising: research has proved that so-called “high-efficiency” heating and cooling systems don’t deliver the comfort and lower energy bills they promise. A typical home wastes 25 – 45 percent of its home heating system. An energy audit can inform you why this happens and how to avoid it.
Insulation, orlack thereof, is a major factor in reduced energy efficiency and is a big point of concern during energy audits. Air, heat and moisture are three major problems that can be reduced or eliminated entirely with proper insulation.
First, air: you don’t want it blowing freely through your home. Homes should be “tightened” to guard against drafts, which waste energy. Second is heat. By sealing leaks and improving insulation, you can make your home more comfortable and – you guessed it – save energy. Third is moisture. By managing air and heat flows in your home, you can reduce the amount of moisture caused by fluctuating temperatures.
Still not seeing how an energy audit can help you? We do both manual and machine-run inspections to make sure your insulation is properly installed and performing at its best. An audit can catch everything from hollow wall cavities to a tiny leak in your ductwork. You can save anywhere from 20 – 50 percent on your home energy bills by implementing the improvements we recommend, many of which you can do yourself. For those improvements that require a trained professional, we stand ready to help.