Installing solar panels is a good way to save money on your energy bill. When planning for solar panels, make sure your home’s envelope is in good condition. The windows, doors, walls, roof, and foundation of your home make up the building envelope. A proper building envelope can increase your savings and the energy efficiency of your home. How can you find out if the envelope of your home needs improvement? A home energy audit is just the thing to do it!
Your Building Envelope
Your building envelope protects the interior of your home from the outdoor environment and helps keep your home comfortable all year long. If your house is never quite comfortable or you find your energy bills are too high, then you may need to evaluate your building envelope.
Older homes built before advances in building technology may benefit from an energy audit. These inefficiencies can be part of the cause of high utility costs.
Leaks waste money
The average home has enough air leaks to add up to a 2-foot-square hole. That’s like having a medium sized window open all day long! A home energy audit can help you find those leaks and know how to fix them.
An energy audit is an assessment to determine if and where your home is losing energy. Through a series of tests and inspections, the technician will discover where your home needs improvement. They also recommend ways to fix it. If you implement their recommendations, you may significantly lower your energy bill.
How Does It Work?
The auditor will walk around the outside of your home looking for signs of any problems. He or she will also check the attic to make sure the insulation is still doing its job.
They will check electrical and plumbing holes for proper sealing. These holes may be contributing to your home’s air leakage if they are not sealed well.
Next, the auditor will check the basement and/or laundry room. It may be cheaper in the long run for you to upgrade if you own an older furnace. Furnaces generally become less efficient the older they are. Your home’s ductwork will also be checked for holes or cracks.
Your house will be depressurized during the blower door test. All of the windows and doors will be closed and a fan will pull outside air in through any undiscovered openings. During this time, the energy auditor will use an infrared camera to help find those leaks.
Are You Ready For A Home Energy Audit?
There are some things you can do beforehand to prepare for your audit. Make a list of any problem areas. Have you noticed any condensation or are any rooms drafty? You can also gather copies of your energy bills for the technician to look over to determine how much energy you normally use.
If you want to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency, we can help! Contact us today for a free energy audit.
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