You might be pleased to learn that there’s a comprehensive way to calculate how much energy is being lost in your home every year, determine where it’s being wasted and how you can stop that waste. All you need to do is schedule a professional home energy evaluation.
If you’re handy around the house, you can perform some of the corrective tasks that a home energy evaluation is likely to recommend on your own. These include:
- Inspecting your home’s envelope for air leaks, both inside and outside, and then sealing leaks with caulk, spray foam or weatherstripping.
- Making sure hot water pipes, the water heater, and ductwork are insulated.
- Inspecting and changing the furnace and A/C filter on a regular basis.
- Switching out incandescent light bulbs for energy-saving alternatives such as CFLs and LEDs.
- Scheduling annual preventive maintenance on your HVAC system.
For a detailed assessment of your home’s energy efficiency and use, however, a professional energy evaluation is highly recommended.
What Happens During a Home Energy Evaluation?
- The energy auditor(s) will inspect your whole house, with a special focus on heating and cooling equipment and ductwork.
- They’ll examine past energy bills (from two to three years prior) to get a handle on your energy use. This information will be analyzed considering the daily and weekly schedules of the home’s occupants.
- A blower-door test will be performed. After all windows and doors are closed, a powerful fan is placed in a main doorway, positioned to blow outward to depressurize the home’s interior. Gauges measure how quickly the air pressure returns to normal inside, which reveals the home’s airtightness (or lack thereof).
- Thermographic imaging and other diagnostic strategies are used to identify where air is leaking from your home’s envelope, as well as where insulation is missing or insufficient.
After the home energy evaluation, the auditor(s) will submit a report on your home, with detailed recommendations about how to enhance energy efficiency and reduce waste.
To discuss a home energy evaluation for your Monmouth County home, please contact the pros at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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