3 Efficiency Benefits of a Home Energy Audit

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A home energy audit, also called a home energy assessment, is a great way to find out how much energy your Tallahassee, Florida, home uses and what you should do to increase its efficiency. A professional technician, often called an energy auditor, will use special equipment to pinpoint the areas where improvements can save you the most energy and money. Here are some of the ways a home energy audit can make your home more efficient.

Finding Leaks

Your energy auditor will use a blower door test to measure leaks in your home's envelope. These leaks could be obvious drafts or tiny cracks around electrical outlets, fireplace dampers, baseboards, attic hatches, and foundation seals.

A blower door is a powerful fan that pulls air out of your house through an exterior door. Your auditor will measure the changes in air pressure with an airflow manometer and use a smoke pencil to detect leaks. He or she will also use an infrared camera to find out where your home is losing heat and where it can benefit from more insulation.

Evaluating Appliances

Many older appliances like your washing machine, refrigerator, or dishwasher use more energy than newer models. Your energy auditor will tell you how your appliances impact your energy bill and where you could benefit from an upgrade. Federal tax credits make energy-efficient appliances more affordable and the energy savings make new equipment a great investment.

Inspecting Your HVAC System

Leaky or dirty ductwork force your HVAC system to work harder, wasting energy, lowering your indoor air quality, and shortening your system's life. An energy auditor uses a pressurized duct blaster to test for leaks and checks the insulation on ducts in unconditioned areas like your attic. Your auditor will provide information about the amount and type of insulation that is needed. If your HVAC system is more than 15 years old, you can save energy and avoid inconvenient breakdowns by replacing it.

Air Control Heating and Cooling has over 45 years of experience providing HVAC services. Contact us today at 850-391-4300 for valuable tips on saving energy in your home or business. We can also provide HVAC equipment and services that will help you to start saving today.

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