You do everything you can to save energy around the home. You turn of lights when you leave a room, keep the AC at an efficient temperature, make sure that any electronics are shut off before you go on vacation, and you may have even switched to energy efficient lighting and LED bulbs. But did you know that your home may have areas that contribute to major energy losses, especially when it comes to your heating and cooling? Nearly any home can benefit from an energy audit, which helps you find more ways to save.
Common Energy Drains around the Home
There are many parts of your home that may contribute to high energy costs, particularly when running your heating and air conditioning systems. Here are a few of the ways you may be spending more than is necessary.
- Duct Leaks – Most homes in the U.S. have ductwork that leaks to some extent, with an estimated 30% air loss in the typical home through the ducts. That’s a lot of wasted energy, as your AC or heater has to run for a lot longer to keep you comfortable.
- Air Leaks – Around windows or doors, there are likely to be some small air leaks here and there, but these can really add up, contributing to hot or cold spots around the home and longer operating times for ACs.
- Poor Insulation – The insulation in your home may not be sufficient to keep heat out in the summertime and keep it in during winter.
- HVAC Equipment Needs Service – If parts of your HVAC equipment are too worn down, they will require a lot of energy to run. Scheduling repairs or maintenance can restore your AC to its most efficient state.
How Can an Energy Audit Help?
An energy audit generally includes a visual inspection of the home, a series of questions, an analysis of your energy bills, a thorough inspection of your HVAC system, and a series of tests. The blower door test helps to determine where your home could benefit from weatherization or insulation. Or, a thermographic inspection will point to areas with uneven heat distribution and air leaks. Only a professional has the know-how and experience to use this equipment, as well as access. Trust an HVAC technician to do the work and inform you of where your home could use a little help.
Want to find out how you can cut cooling costs and help out the environment? Call AAction Air for an energy audit in Hilton Head today!