With a home energy audit, also called a home energy assessment, you can determine the best ways to save energy in your Mobile, Alabama, home. A professional technician or energy auditor will use special equipment to find the areas where improvements or repairs can save you the most money on your utility bills. This helps you to avoid wasting money on unnecessary upgrades. Here’s some more information about how home energy audits work and how they can help you and your family.
What to Expect During a Home Energy Audit
To conduct a thorough assessment, your energy auditor will look at your past utility bills, consider the size of your family and home, and examine the condition and energy efficiency of your appliances, for example. Auditors use infrared cameras and blower doors with powerful fans to look for air leaks, limited or deteriorating insulation, and to detect hot or cold areas.
Your HVAC System
An energy auditor will also inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Leaky or dirty ductwork forces your heating and air conditioning system to work harder, shortening its life, wasting energy, and lowering your indoor air quality. Your energy auditor will use a pressurized duct blaster that works like a small blower door to test for leaky ducts. The technician will also check the insulation on your ductwork and look for dirt, mold, or pests in your ducts that could lower your HVAC system’s airflow.
How a Home Energy Audit Helps You
When you follow your energy auditor’s recommendations and seal the air leaks in your home, you will enjoy lower utility bills. Your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard when you get rid of uncomfortable drafts, so it will last longer. You will also enjoy better indoor air quality by sealing leaks which before, let pollen, dirt, dust, and pests into your home. These contaminants aggravate allergies and asthma.
Air Specialty is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with over 20 years of heating and air conditioning experience. Call us anytime at (251) 415-4559 for more energy-saving tips.
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