Current HVAC systems promote their energy efficiency but the true test of your HVAC energy savings is with a home energy audit. Seasonal HVAC maintenance performs a tune-up on your system to keep it at its highest efficiency and catch other problems that could come up. To get the most energy savings and lowered utility bills, consider the suggestions below. When you are ready, schedule a home energy audit and get better performance results from your HVAC system.
What is a Home Energy Audit?
A home energy audit is a professional assessment on energy usage in your home. An auditor will go through each room in your home to examine the energy usage, and will review past utility bills. A home energy audit can consist of a blower door test, a thermographic scan, or the PFT air filtration measurement. The point of a home energy audit is to help you save money on utility bills in the future by pointing out areas where improvements should be made. If you combine an energy audit with regular HVAC maintenance, you will save money and promote energy savings in your home.
Preparing for a Home Energy Audit
Prior to an auditor coming to your house, you should create a list of any problems that you have noticed. Problems like condensation or drafty rooms are what should be shared with the auditor. Typical HVAC maintenance resolves these issues but when they persist, that could be a bigger issue. You also want to have copies of your home’s energy bills or at least a summary of the past year.
The auditor will inspect the outside of your home first. They want to get an exact measurement of the size of your home and any features that should be noted. After inspecting the outside, the auditor will inspect inside your home and ask you a series of questions about your energy usage. Some common questions that might be asked of you are:
- Which rooms are generally in use?
- What is the average thermostat setting for both summer and winter?
- How many people live in your home?
- During working hours, is there anyone home?
Once your home, past utility bills, and your answers have been assessed, the auditor will provide you with ways to promote energy savings in your home.
Get the most energy savings possible with a home energy audit and start saving money on your utility bills! Estes Services has professionals who keep your system running smoothly and efficiently year-round with preventative HVAC maintenance. Call us today and see how you can save money and energy!