A home energy audit is a great way to save money on energy you don’t even realize you may be using every month because it’s leaving your home through drafts, leaks, or cracks. We here at Ambient Edge can provide you with a home energy audit consisting of a room-by-room assessment involving a variety of equipment and tests to determine how much energy you need to use and how much you are actually using.
Our energy auditors will also review your prior year’s energy bills to determine when the problematic trend began, and how much money you can save in the long run after implementing the necessary upgrades and repairs. Simply give us a call at (888) 240-8283 to get started!
Before Your Home Energy Audit
Before we schedule one of our energy auditors to visit your home, there are a few things you can do to help the audit go smoothly. First, make a list of any problems you are already aware of. Is there a particular door in the home that allows a lot of air to get in? Do you have a spot in the corner behind your oil burner that always seems to collect condensation? These are things you’ll definitely want to add to the list before the auditor comes.
You should also gather your prior year’s energy bills (perhaps more, if you can, though a year should be sufficient). If you don’t have copies readily on hand, you can ask your utility company to send copies to you before your audit.
During the Audit
Once the auditor arrives, he will conduct a thorough interview with you to get a good gauge on the kind of energy you use in your home and how often. For instance, he’ll ask you questions about your day-to-day activities that can affect the amount of energy used in the home, such as whether anyone is home during normal business hours when other homes would normally experience a drop in energy usage. He’ll also ask you what temperature you tend to keep your thermostat set to, among other things.
Once the interview is complete, our auditor will begin performing his assessments and tests. Typically, an energy audit takes between 3 to 4 hours to complete. The length of your audit depends largely on the size of your home, the kind of HVAC system you use, and the number of appliances he will need to check, among other things.
The auditor will take down the measurements and dimensions of your home and its rooms. He will also note any potential safety issues or performance problems that he notices along the way.
Types of Tests
Two of the most common tests performed during a home energy audit include the blower door test and what is called a “combustion test,” wherein the auditor will test anything in your home that can combust, such as your HVAC system.
During the blower door test, the auditor will ensure all the windows and doors in your home are fully sealed. He will then operate a large fan to measure where all the drafty spots are. He will check your windows and doors, as well as your air ducts, crawlspace, and attic. If he does find any particularly concerning drafts, he will advise you to seal them.
To conduct the combustion test, the auditor will test your HVAC system as well as your combustible appliances to ensure that everything is working properly, that it is all properly ventilated, and that nothing poses an issue to your health and safety.
Upon completion of these tests, the auditor will sit down with you and go over any potential problems he has found and what your next steps should be. For instance, if he noticed any safety or operational problems with your HVAC system, he will probably recommend you either make a specific repair to the system or that you upgrade to a more energy-efficient model. Either way, Ambient Edge can help with those things, too!
Interested in a Home Energy Audit? Give Ambient Edge a Call!
A home energy audit is a great way to get ahead of the curve and fix smaller problems before they become bigger issues. It’s also a great way to figure out where you might be wasting energy and money – with drafts blowing the hot air you’re paying for out the door, for instance – and nipping those problems right in the bud.
For an added bonus, if you’re looking to sell your home anytime soon, a home energy audit can actually add value to the house. For one thing, you can give the new buyers a list of things they need to fix right away so they don’t have to figure it out for themselves. Or you can opt to fix those things yourself and increase the overall purchase price – it’s a win-win!
So start saving money today by ordering a home energy audit through Ambient Edge! Fill out the contact form on our website or give us a call at (888) 240-8283 and figure out what you need to do to fix those drafty doors and leaky furnaces once and for all!