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Gearing Up for Your Home Energy Audit

home energy audit

What you need to do and when you need to do it

Are you sick of paying through the nose to heat, cool and light your home? Millions of homeowners across New England feel the exact same way. Fortunately, there’s a cost-effective way to measure your home’s energy use and to determine how you can make it more efficient, sustainable and affordable for your family: a home energy audit. As you prepare for this potentially game-changing service, you need to keep a few things in mind.

What Is a Home Energy Audit?

A home energy audit is a simple way to determine how your home uses energy. It typically determines the efficiency with which your home uses electricity and identifies potential impediments to optimal efficiency, including leaks, old appliances, poor insulation and other issues. At the end of the audit, the technician who performs it will offer detailed advice and recommendations for improving your home’s efficiency.

Steps to a Typical Audit

A typical home energy audit—also known as a home energy assessment—has several components. These include:

•    A detailed examination of past utility bills
•    Thorough checks for window and door leaks
•    An assessment of the quality and integrity of the home’s insulation
•    Assessments of heat loss through the attic and basement
•    Examinations of the age and efficiency of water heaters, heating systems and other energy-intensive appliances

How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Home Energy Assessment

In the run-up to your Dupuis home energy assessment, you should take care of a few important matters. First, be sure to track your home’s energy use over the preceding months. You can ask your Dupuis technician for more detailed information at each meter reading.

To the extent possible, you should also track key aspects of your home’s energy use, including the level at which you set your heating and cooling systems and the frequency with which you use household appliances like televisions, washing machines and ovens. To get a rough sense of your utility costs for common items, experiment with higher or lower temperature settings on your climate control system, more or less light usage and more or less frequent appliance usage.

Get a Home Energy Audit from a Trusted Authority in MA and RI

A home energy audit is among the most cost-effective ways to reduce your home’s energy bills and protect the environment on a long-term basis. If you’re ready to think seriously about taking this step towards sustainability and budget-friendliness, we stand ready to help in any way we can. For more information about home energy audits, call us at 800-322-5025 or visit us online today.

Getting Rid of Ducts and Going Efficient in Your Home

Choosing a Ductless System to Boost Efficiency and Comfort

Being comfortable in your own home is no doubt a top priority. Unfortunately, comfort can often come with a hefty price tag. If you’re looking for ways to reduce utility bills while beating outside temperatures, consider switching to a ductless HVAC system.

Why Choose a Ductless HVAC System?

Just as their name suggests, ductless heating and cooling systems don’t rely on ductwork to circulate treated air throughout your home. Instead, they use small refrigerant lines running between outdoor units and indoor air handlers to keep rooms comfortably cool or warm. Many ductless systems use heat pumps to provide both warming and cooling power.

Choosing a ductless system with a heat pump can be a great way to reduce utility bills because these systems have been specially designed to meet the demands of users while eliminating costly energy losses. Unlike traditional ductwork-based central air systems, ductless systems don’t lose treated air through cracks. This can help to improve the efficiency of an HVAC system up to 30%, leading to huge savings on utility bills.

Ductless systems are ideal for use in:
•    Residential buildings
•    Offices, warehouses and industrial spaces
•    Historic buildings where the installation of ductwork isn’t possible
•    Garages, basements and home additions
•    Homes where only a few rooms need to be heated or cooled at a time

Making the Most of Your Ductless HVAC System

Choosing a ductless system can be a great way to improve efficiency in your home. Of course, choosing the right ductless system for your home is essential. Have your space sized by an HVAC professional so you know how many BTUs your unit must have to efficiently heat and cool your home. Be sure to go with a ductless system that has earned the ENERGY STAR designation and has high efficiency ratings.

Install a zoned system so that you can heat or cool only the rooms that you need to at any given time. Use a smart thermostat to run heating and cooling programs while you’re away from home. Consider installing ceiling fans that help circulate treated air. You can also make home improvements that help boost efficiency. Carefully inspect all doors, windows and screens for cracks, holes and tears. Patch or repair them so treated air doesn’t escape. Consider hiring a professional to conduct a home energy audit to better understand where your home is losing energy. You may need to install new windows or have problems with your foundation addressed in order to boost efficiency.

Boosting efficiency in your home can be a tough task. Call or drop by Dupuis Energy of RI and MI today to talk to our friendly team about making your home more efficient with a ductless system.

Keep Your Cool: Identifying Air Leaks in Your Home

When it comes to energy conservation at home, invisible air leaks can be a major issue for homeowners on a budget. Find out where they normally happen and what you can do to seal them up for good.

While rising energy costs are normal to an extent, big spikes in monthly expenses are a sure sign that your HVAC system needs a closer look. If your unit is functioning properly, air leakage could be the main culprit behind the changes in your AC bills. Air leaks are a common cause of rising expenses, especially in older homes. Even tiny holes around window frames can bring down the efficiency of your cooling system and put a dent in your bank account over time. The good news is that most air leaks are a relatively easy fix. With a one-time appointment for a professional home energy audit, you can be on your way to a leak-free home and a fatter wallet.

Where Do Air Leaks Usually Happen?

While air leaks can form anywhere in the home, some spots are naturally more prone to energy-draining drafts than others. Open spaces around doors and windows are especially problematic since frames can contract, expand and crack over time. In general, it helps to think of your home as a naked structure. Anywhere there’s a break between walls, beams and floors is a potential problem area. In addition to door and window frames, electrical outlets, vents, baseboards, chimney shafts and rim joists are examples of common leak locations in all types of homes.

How Can I Check for Air Leaks?

Although you’ll need to call in the pros for an accurate assessment, there are a few easy do-it-yourself strategies you can try to find out if your home really does have air leaks that need expert attention. For simple step-by-step instructions and a rundown of problem areas, check out the detection guide from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Why Do I Need a Professional Home Energy Audit?

Although you can get an idea of whether air leaks are the source of your energy bill’s price hike, sealing them correctly is a tougher job. Since you can’t see air, isolating trouble spots in the first place is difficult without expert training and access to special equipment. Some leaks are undetectable to an untrained eye, hiding behind walls and within insulation. If you’re looking for complete coverage, hiring an experienced professional team for a home energy audit is your best bet for assessing air leaks, tracking their exact location and putting together a plan that puts an end to drafts now and in the future.

Want to learn more about lowering energy costs in RI and MA? Dupuis Energy can help. Visit our website or give us a call today for professional tips, in-home appointments, information and all things HVAC.

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