Is it Time for a Home Energy Audit?
Know When to Have Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Assessed by a Pro
There’s no doubt that homeowners throughout MA and RI want to keep their homes comfortable and save on utility bills. Unfortunately, accomplishing both of these goals isn’t always easy. One of the best ways that you can work towards ensuring comfort while lowering costs is to opt for a home energy audit.
Five Signs That It’s Time for a Home Energy Audit
During a home energy audit, an auditor will evaluate your property to determine how your home uses energy and whether or not key systems such as AC and heating are functioning efficiently. Such audits provide a great opportunity to identify efficiency problems in your home and find ways to correct them.
While an energy audit can be an invaluable way to save money, many homeowners just aren’t sure if it’s time for an audit or not. It’s a good idea to have an energy audit conducted if:
• You’ve noticed significant increases in your utility bills without making significant changes in how you use your HVAC system.
• You notice that some areas of your house are always much cooler or much warmer than others.
• Your heater or air conditioner just doesn’t seem to produce as much treated air as you need to stay comfortable.
• You notice drafts around doors, windows, walls or floorboards.
• You’re preparing to replace an old HVAC system with a new, high-efficiency system.
It’s particularly important to have a home energy audit conducted before making decisions about the type of comfort system you’ll purchase to replace an older system. Identifying other causes of efficiency loss, such as poorly sealed windows or ductwork, ensures that you’ll get the most out of your new system.
Preparing for Your Home Energy Audit
Your energy audit should take anywhere from a few hours to an entire day depending on the structure of your home and your particular concerns. To best prepare for your energy audit, you should:
• Gather utility bills from the past year and highlight any mysterious increases in costs.
• List your comfort concerns. Note which concerns are ongoing and which have developed over recent months.
• Pull out information about your home’s comfort system and other major appliances.
• Jot down any concerns you have about the performance of specific appliances or home systems.
• Make a list of efficiency-related goals that you’d like to reach.
At the end of your home energy audit, your auditor will present you with a report that details the results and includes suggestions for improving efficiency. At Dupuis Energy, we’re proud to offer HVAC solutions following an audit. Call us today to discuss your efficiency concerns.