A home energy audit, or home energy assessment, is the process by which one of Ambient Edge’s energy auditors checks out your home to see how much energy you use versus how much energy you may not realize you are wasting. Then, the auditor can pass this information on to one of our HVAC technicians, who can fix those problems right up for you and start saving you money right away.
Home Energy Audits
During a home energy audit, an energy auditor evaluates your home to see how much energy you’re using, and if there is anything you can do to make your home more energy-efficient. He’ll check the kind of light bulbs you use, whether your insulation is sufficient, whether your ducts are leaking, and where the drafty doors and windows are.
You can then use this information to make a more informed decision about how to upgrade or replace items and appliances in your home that can ultimately save you hundreds, perhaps even thousands in energy costs.
Here’s what to expect during a typical home energy audit.
First, the energy auditor will sit down and have a conversation with you to get a feel for the concerns you have and what an average day is like in your home. How many people live with you? When do they use energy? Is it during normal working hours, or later at night? How old is your HVAC system?
He’ll then go over your energy bills to understand what an average year is like for energy usage in your home. He can also trace back any potentially troubling trends that tell him when your problems likely started. He can also use these bills to give you a rough but close estimate of the amount of money you’ll save every month once you upgrade.
From there, he will perform his evaluation, which includes an inspection of both the interior and exterior of the home, as well as of the systems themselves. This evaluation also includes safety checks, wherein he will check and test equipment for potential leaks, or moisture or ventilation issues (like rain or condensation getting in or forming, respectively).
Once he has all this data, he can accurately assess how much energy your home is using currently, and how much it should be using. From there, he can recommend to you home improvements that can improve your overall safety, comfort, and budget.
Pros of a Home Energy Audit
There are so many benefits to getting a home energy audit done that it doesn’t make sense not to have one done. You should have a home energy audit performed right before you buy a house, and then every five years after that.
In addition to understanding exactly how much energy your home needs and ultimately uses, a home energy audit can have additional important benefits – benefits that you’ll never know how you lived without until now.
For instance, you may discover during your audit a problem you didn’t even know existed. This can save you major headaches and costs down the road. For instance, if your auditor discovers a breeding ground for mold in your ducts or vents, you can take action before the situation becomes more severe and starts affecting the air you breathe.
You will also have a tangible report that shows you exactly how well your home is performing and where it is lacking, which makes it much easier and more efficient for either you or an HVAC technician to fix. Not only that, but having proof of your home’s energy performance also significantly improves its resale value!
Interested in a Home Energy Audit? Call Ambient Edge Today!
When you consider the benefits of a home energy audit, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sign up for one – and sooner rather than later. Not only will you be able to improve the efficiency and lifespan of your appliances, but you may also even be taking steps to improve your and your family’s health by improving the quality of your air.
If during the audit, we discover that some upgrades are in order, we can help you with those too! We can help you select the appliances and HVAC systems that are the perfect match not only for your home but also for your budget. So, don’t wait – reach out to us on our website or call us today at (888) 240-8283, and start saving money right away!