Home energy efficiency is important to most Grand Traverse County homeowners. Whether you’re concerned about your budget, your home’s comfort level or the environment, saving energy where you can just makes sense.
Hiring a professional to perform an energy evaluation can help you pinpoint areas where you can make minor repairs to reduce your energy waste. When you schedule an energy evaluation, it helps to do some homework before the technician arrives. Have your last year’s energy bills ready; you can usually obtain these from your utility company if you don’t have them filed away already. Also, have a list of any problems you’ve noticed like rooms that tend toward condensation on the windows or that don’t maintain the temperature you’ve set.
The technician will do a series of tests which may vary depending on your home’s needs. One typical test is a blower door test, where a high-powered fan is used to identify air leaks in the different rooms of your house. Another test is either an interior or exterior thermographic inspection, where an infrared scan of the surfaces in your home shows temperature variations. The technician might also do a test on your ducts to see if they have any leaks.
Depending on what the technician finds, you will have several options:
- Weatherization: If the blower door test indicates that you have leaks in various rooms, you can use caulk and weather stripping to seal those leaks.
- Insulation: The thermographic scan will help you pinpoint where insulation will help equal out temperature variations. This can reduce the amount of work your HVAC system has to do in order to keep your home at the temperature you’ve set.
- Ductwork: Identifying leaks in your ducts can show you where to seal them. In addition, you may find that your ducts are losing energy through heat radiation, a problem that can be solved by insulating your ducts.
For more information about how an energy evaluation can help you improve your home energy efficiency, contact Team Bob Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve proudly served the Grand Traverse County area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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