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Why Do I Need a Home Energy Audit?

Posted on: January 27, 2017

A home energy audit might seem like an unnecessary expense, but how can you know how to make your home more energy efficient if you don’t know where it’s losing energy in the first place? You could guess, but why spend money on “fixing” things that might not necessarily be broken?

Below are some reasons you should consider a home energy audit.

  • Money savings in the long term. The U. S. Department of Energy estimates you can save 5—30% on your energy bill by making efficiency upgrades recommended by a home energy audit! When an energy expert analyzes your home and solves energy loss problems, your HVAC system will run more efficiently. The more efficiently your system runs, the more money you should save on energy bills over time.
  • Optimized home comfort. Have you ever felt cold (or hot) spots in your home where your heating or cooling system can’t seem to reach? Or maybe drafts under doors or windows? A home energy audit will point out these problems and find ways to solve them.
  • Opportunity to improve the rest of your home. Home energy audits often uncover structural issues or problems with ventilation that, when solved, will improve energy efficiency and the overall functioning of your home.
  • Increased home resale value. Letting homebuyers know that you’ve completed a home energy audit (and solved any problems uncovered by the assessment) can be a great marketing tool if you’re trying to sell your home.

Why Should a Professional Perform My Home Energy Audit?

Though you can try to perform a home energy audit yourself, the reality is that professionals have better tools and more experience to get it right and give you the best insights about your home’s energy use. In additional to a room-by-room examination and an analysis of your energy bills, professionals often use technical equipment like thermal imaging cameras, blower door systems, static pressure gauges, duct blasters, and flow hoods. Unless you have these types of devices on hand for some reason, you’re unlikely to get results as precise or accurate as a professional would. Plus, a professional can then make a detailed plan for how to fix the problems in your home. It’s harder to do that when a technician isn’t sure of the accuracy of a DIY home energy audit.

What’s Included in a Home Energy Audit?

Methods at different companies may vary, but the Carrier 360⁰ Home Energy Audit performed by Moore Mechanical has six steps:

  1. Inspection: Our energy experts will look over your past energy bills, ask about any concerns you might have, and find out more about your family’s needs and lifestyle. We’ll also look at every room in your home, your HVAC system, water heater, ductwork, and insulation to see if any issues are present. Finally, we’ll check for carbon monoxide and gas to make sure your family is safe.
  2. Testing: Testing can involve some or all of the tools mentioned above—thermal imaging cameras, blower door systems, static pressure gauges, duct blasters, and flow hoods. Your technician will explain what each of these does and why they might use them.
  3. Analysis: Our team uses special software to analyze the results of our tests and inspection. This analysis will help us determine where your home is losing energy and how we can best solve the problem.
  4. Recommendations: We’ll go over a list of recommendations with you and make sure you understand what they mean and which ones are the most important.
  5. Resolution: We will not pressure you into performing any work you don’t want, but if you’re ready to solve the energy loss issues in your home, we’re ready to help!
  6. Results: Once your home energy audit is completed, you can watch the benefits (and money savings) accumulate! And if you have any issues in the future, you can always count on Moore Mechanical to follow up promptly.

Home Energy Audits in Dublin, CA and East Bay

Ready to see what a Carrier 360⁰ Home Energy Audit can do for you? Call Moore Mechanical at (925) 307-6479 today to schedule an inspection!

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