By identifying sources of energy loss in your home, you and your air conditioning service can make improvements that increase the overall efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. An energy audit is how a professional HVAC contractor can both determine ways to reduce energy loss and help you understand the benefits of making improvements. An energy audit will encompass your home as a whole system and help you and your family enjoy lower utility bills and greater comfort.
What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is an analysis of your home’s energy efficiency. It includes ways to check for air leakage in the building envelope, which can point to inadequate insulation. Energy audits also identify broken seals in your ductwork, which can account for 20 to 30 percent of your potential energy loss. HVAC equipment, such as your air conditioner, will also be inspected to ensure that it is operating at peak efficiency. The airflow inside your home and ductwork plays a large role in how efficient your heating and cooling is, and will be analyzed in an energy audit.
How are Energy Audits Performed?
Using technology that relies on simple concepts of physics, the integrity of your building envelope will be tested. A blower door test locates air leaks throughout your home by using a strong fan mounted to an exterior door. This fan extracts air from your home at high pressure, helping to identify areas of air infiltration as the outside air finds a way to re-enter. Your auditors will examine your home’s insulation in various areas, including your attic. If you have a basement, this too will be examined.
What Can You Expect?
Before, during, and after your energy audit, your air conditioning service will communicate with you and explain the steps they are taking. When the audit has been completed, they will then go over the improvements that can be made to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers energy audits to our residential customers. Visit us online for additional information, or call us at (301) 825-9059 to schedule an appointment.