An Energy Audit Can Help Improve Whole-House Efficiency
Whether your reason for wanting to improve whole-house efficiency is financial, environmental, or both, it can be challenging to know where to begin. A professional, residential, energy audit is the best way to find out which projects make the most sense for your Orange Park home, and which will yield the biggest results; here’s how.
The first step is to book an appointment with a professional auditor, who will come examine your property. During this visit they will:
- Investigate your home.
- Perform a number of tests.
- Examine your energy bills.
- Determine your energy usage.
Once all the data has been analyzed, the auditor will provide you with a detailed plan to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Suggestions may include: adding more insulation, installing a programmable thermostat, sealing air leaks with weatherstripping or caulking, or upgrading aging or inefficient appliances.
What Types of Tests Will Be Performed?
Testing may vary between contractors, but at minimum should include:
- A thermographic scan. Using a scanning device, the auditor will take infrared images of the interior and exterior of your home, in order to determine areas of extreme heat gain or loss.
- A blower door test. To begin, a large fan is installed in one of your exterior door frames. Once turned on, the air is blown from your interior to the exterior, effectively lowering the air pressure indoors, while drawing in outdoor air through leaky doors and windows.
Both tests help pinpoint costly leaks, and/or identify areas that require more insulation.
How Much Do Home Energy Audits Cost?
The cost of the audit itself will vary between auditors, but if you own an older home, or feel like you’re overpaying for utilities, it’s worth the investment. Once problem areas are identified, you can work on improvements at your own pace, within your budget, and may be able to make some of the smaller changes yourself.
For more information on home energy audits, call the experts at Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning, serving homeowners in Beaches, Jacksonville, Orange Park, and the surrounding areas.
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