What Is a Home Energy Audit?
A home energy audit is a holistic approach to building performance improvements which determines the best, most cost-effective upgrades for your home. This process allows you to find out:
- Which areas of your home use too much energy
- Where you can make improvements to your energy efficiency
- The best, most cost-effective upgrades for your home
What Does a Home Energy Audit Identify?
Home energy audits are essentially comprehensive energy efficiency evaluations. They focus on a few key areas in your home, which we’ll discuss in detail below:
During a home energy audit, we look at your home’s building envelope to discover where you may be missing insulation, if your insulation is installed properly, or where it has settled over time. By identifying inadequate insulation, we can begin to rectify issues that affect how well your home retains heat and cool air.
Using infrared thermography (AKA an infrared camera), we identify air leaks in your attic, crawlspace, and walls. Once we know where you are losing energy, we can begin to shore up your energy use and affect your energy bill.
We use a blower door to determine how much energy is wasted through air leaks and measure your home’s rate of air infiltration.
Other variables a home energy audit examines include:
- Air quality
- Combustion safety
- Ventilation rates
- Moisture problems
Benefits of a Home Energy Audit
By analyzing your home’s insulation, air leaks, and air infiltration, we can come up with a custom plan to make your home more comfortable, healthier, and more energy efficient. By carefully investigating your home’s energy performance, we are able to accomplish your energy and comfort goals without requiring you to spend any extra money on products or services that you don’t need.
One additional and potentially surprising way that a home energy audit can benefit you is by increasing your home’s safety! Energy audits are great opportunities to check for common home problems like mold and wiring issues. Finding these issues before they grow into permanent, structurally-compromising problems is a positive effect of performing home energy audits.
Home Energy Audits in Cincinnati
If you are a homeowner in the Metro Cincinnati area, National Heating and Air Conditioning is the HVAC contractor to call for home energy audits! We can help you maximize your home’s energy performance and reduce your energy bills. Contact us now to schedule an energy audit!