Are you looking for ways to improve energy savings in your Cleveland-area home? If so, you should schedule a professional energy audit. It will help determine where and how your home is losing energy and what you can do to reduce those energy losses.
The process of a professional energy audit
A professional energy auditor will do a thorough checkup of your home in order to find air leaks, examine your insulation, inspect your HVAC equipment and more. He likely will perform a blower door test and a thermographic scan.
- Blower door test – This test will help the energy auditor determine how airtight your home is. A large fan will be mounted to an exterior door in your home. The fan will suck the air out of your home, lowering the interior air pressure. As air begins rushing back into your home, the energy auditor will use special detection equipment to identify the location of leaks. Finding where these leaks are and repairing them will reduce wasted energy and uncomfortable drafts in your home.
- Thermographic scan – The thermographic scan also can be used to find weaknesses in home insulation. It uses infrared video in order to measure the temperatures in your home. Different colors show up as warm or cool areas. This allows the energy auditor to figure out what areas in your home are losing heat and what areas need improved insulation. The energy auditor will often use a thermographic scan in the blower door test because the air that seeps through any cracks or openings is more easily spotted on a thermographic scan.
Having a professional energy audit conducted in your home will help you determine how to save energy. To schedule an energy audit, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We take pride in having served the greater Cleveland area for more than 75 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about professional energy audits and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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