3 Tips for a DIY Home Energy Audit (And When to Call the Pros)
A professional home energy audit will help you find ways to create a more energy-efficient home and save you money on your energy bills. You can do your own energy audit on your Laplace, Louisiana, home by looking for air leaks and inspecting your insulation, but don’t forget to get help from the pros as well.
Look for Leaks
A drafty home is uncomfortable, and heat that escapes from your home wastes energy. Start your DIY home energy audit by looking for air leaks. Go through your house room by room; make a list of places you find drafts.
Check the following common spots for air leaks: underneath baseboards, around windows and doors, and next to the fireplace. To detect the smallest air leaks in your home, professionals who perform home energy audits can use a blower-door test. This test uses equipment to pressurize your home and a computer to find and measure air leakage.
Inspect Your Insulation
Inspect your home’s insulation, especially in older homes, to make sure the insulation will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In particular, your DIY home energy audit should include checking the insulation quality in your attic and basement.
Look for places heat can escape, such as gaps around pipes and around your attic hatch. To get a clear picture of where heat escapes from your home, professionals use infrared cameras to generate a detailed report of heat movement.
Check Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
You can find out how your home’s energy efficiency ranks by consulting the Energy Star website. Enter information from your energy bills, your home’s square footage, and number of occupants to see how your energy use compares to similar homes.
During a professional home energy audit, your auditor will look at your energy bills for savings opportunities. This study helps your auditor create a thorough report on your home’s energy efficiency and make recommendations specific to your home.
At Bryans United Air Conditioning, we’ve invested in the latest technology to offer our Laplace, Louisiana, customers the highest level of service. Call us at 504-208-2071 to find out how our HVAC services can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency.
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