If you have been trying to cut back on your energy use and your energy costs are still rising, you probably have energy loss problems that need to be addressed by a professional energy evaluation. A pro can help you figure out what parts of your house are causing the energy loss, recommend tailored solutions and help you implement these energy-saving strategies to return your home to the comfort and efficiency levels you should be expecting.
When your energy auditor first gets to your home, report any specific problems you have been having so they will be sure to address those particular issues. They then will inspect your home both inside and outside to look for areas that commonly cause problems.
There are many tests that energy auditors can use to figure out where your house is losing energy, one of the most popular being the blower-door test. A large fan is mounted to a doorway and turned on to suck the air out, causing the air pressure in your house to drop. This will force outside air to seep in through any leaks or holes that may exist. Using a smoke pencil, you will be able to actually see these spots.
Thermographic scans are often used as well. They use infrared video to locate spots in your home that are warmer or cooler than others, an indication that additional insulation may be required.
None of the recommendations your auditor makes will require drastic lifestyle changes from you. The goal is to allow you to continue your typical habits but make repairs that will lower your energy costs. For example, one common remedy is duct sealing, using duct mastic to patch up any holes or gaps in your ductwork that allow for conditioned air to escape before every reaching your supply ducts. This can save up to 30 percent of your air.
To schedule an energy evaluation for your home so that you can return to the lower energy expenses and increased comfort you are used to, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today. We have proudly served Grand Traverse County for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy evaluations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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