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Energy Audits For The Home

Those who are looking to make their homes more energy efficient may find that energy audits are a good way to begin the process. With a home energy efficiency audit, home owners can find out how to make their homes more efficient so that they create less harm to the environment and find home energy savings. A good audit will look at the whole home performance to find out where energy could be used more efficiently without disrupting how the home runs.

In many cases, homeowners can perform energy audits themselves. For the do-it-yourselfer who prefers to perform the audit, all it takes is a look at the bills over the past year. Comparing energy use in the home with information about average use of energy in similar households can tell homeowners where they may be wasting energy. They can also find energy saving recommendations like energy efficient light bulbs and insulation in order to use less energy.

A do it yourself energy audit can also involve more than looking at the bills to examine the home structure. For instance, replacing old heating and cooling units can be a good way to make the home more energy efficient because older units tend to use up more energy. If they have dirt streaks, it can indicate that there are air leaks in the unit, which makes them use more energy, especially if the unit is not in the best condition. Energy audits can also help homeowners make other decisions to create an energy efficient home. Unplugging electronics and appliances will help save energy by preventing phantom loads. Solar energy can be a good option if you live in the right area for it. If you go down the solar route, knowing the difference between Deep Cycle Versus Shallow Cycle Solar Batteries will help you make the most efficient decision for your household and save you money.

Of course, homeowners can also hire a professional in order to get an accurate picture of the home energy efficiency. A professional will do more than look at the bills. A professional will actually examine the home to find energy drains such as missing insulation and air infiltration. Professionals will use equipment and methods that help detect energy drains that many homeowners may not detect.

For instance, they may use blower doors to see how far leaks extend and infrared cameras that can find missing insulation and air infiltration that may otherwise be difficult to find. In many cases, some utility companies may offer free audit services to their customers, but there are also some that may charge a discounted price for audits. There are also other professionals including Home Energy Raters who can perform audits.

FAQs

What Temperature Should I Set on My Thermostat?

The ideal temperature to set on your thermostat will vary by season. In the summer, it's recommended that you set your thermostat between 70˚ and 75˚ while you're at home. When you're away from home, setting the thermostat nearer to 80˚ can save energy, which will save you money on…

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What Size HVAC System Do I Need?

The best size for your new HVAC system will depend on a number of factors, like: The size and layout of your home The number of windows and doors your home has The cooling load required to meet your comfort needs The best way to ensure you select a perfectly…

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How Long Does An Air Conditioner Last?

The lifespan of an AC system will depend on various factors, like: The type, brand, and model of the system you have Whether the system was installed properly How frequently it's used How often it receives maintenance service On average, air conditioners can last about 10 to 15 years. The…

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How Often Should I Schedule AC Maintenance?

We recommend air conditioner maintenance service at least twice a year, once before you turn your system on for spring or summer and again before you shut your system down in fall or winter. If anyone in your family has respiratory issues or a compromised immune system, more frequent AC…

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