Everyone wants to save energy and lower their bills, but many homeowners are simply unsure as to where to begin improving the efficiency of their homes. If this situation sounds familiar, a home energy audit may be a great choice for assessing the efficiency of your house. Examining structural issues in your home and calculating energy usage can be intimidating. Luckily, there are professional energy inspectors here in Amarillo who can take a look at your home and give you some recommendations.
The first step is hiring a professional inspector. Choose an experienced energy auditor, and make an appointment. The inspector will visit your home, and will want a very thorough tour. Be prepared to let the auditor examine all rooms, as well as any closets and your attic, basement and garage. You may also be asked to provide utility bills for the past few months or seasons, so your auditor can look for trends or any changes that might signify a problem.
The inspector will probably also check the condition of your home using a few tools that you may not be familiar with. One common tool used in home energy audits is the blower door test. This test uses a large fan to observe pressure changes in the house in order to find air leaks. Some inspectors may also use a harmless smoke pencil in this process to further assist in locating leaks. Many auditors use thermographic cameras, as well. These devices detect temperature, and are generally used to find hidden leaks and gaps in insulation.
Once your audit is complete, your inspector will give you an in-depth report on the findings of the evaluation. They will include information about where air leaks and insulation gaps were found, and advice on how to fix any issues and make improvements. Many air leaks can be sealed easily and quickly, using spray foam, weatherstripping, or caulk.
Whether the season calls for heating or cooling in your Amarillo home, you can be certain that an energy audit will pay off. Contact Amarillo Air Conditioning today for more information about energy audits.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy audits and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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