One of the best ways to reduce energy costs is by improving the household energy-efficiency. By performing an energy evaluation, you can pinpoint your trouble spots, make necessary corrections, and start saving energy today.
Off the top of your head, you can probably identify at least one drafty area of your home, even if it’s just a door or window. While these issues are easy enough to spot, even by the untrained eye, many leaks are impossible to discern without specialized equipment. Thus, to ensure that your energy evaluation is thorough, it’s best to consult a trained professional.
For example, a trained technician has knowledge of, and access to, equipment used in performing:
- Blower door tests – Basically, this test involves sucking the air out of your home using a fan that covers an entire exterior door. As indoor air is pulled out, outdoor air is also pulled in through leaks in your home’s outer shell, which allows your technician to pinpoint sources of energy loss.
- Thermographic scan – Sometimes used alongside the blower door test, this infrared scan allows your technician to spot heat discrepancies indicative of inadequate insulation, faulty HVAC components, and air leaks.
In addition to the tools of the trade, a trained technician also has in-depth knowledge of how your household routine affects energy efficiency. For example, the energy efficiency of your household may be affected by the following:
- The number of people in your family
- The daily routine of your family
- Average thermostat settings
Whereas a blower door test may indicate areas that require weatherproofing, information regarding your family routine, combined with an assessment of your household energy bills, can be invaluable to your technician in developing a strategy for energy savings. For example, in learning that your family spends most of the weekdays outside of the home, your technician may suggest upgrading to a programmable thermostat, which would eliminate the need to heat an empty home, saving you significantly in energy costs.
For more on how energy evaluations can benefit you in terms of energy savings, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbingtoday.
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