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What’s Involved in an Energy Audit?

Your home is a miniature energy system, and just like a piece of powered machinery such as an air conditioner or a car engine, it has a measurable level of energy efficiency. To find out the efficiency level—and how that energy conservation can be improved—trained professionals conduct what is called an energy audit.

Your home can benefit tremendously from an energy audit in Richmond Hills, GA. Our technicians at AAction Air can locate the places where your home is bleeding out energy and the amount it is losing, and then provide you with recommendations for home improvements, such as increased insulation, ductwork sealing, and HVAC system upgrades, that will make your home both more comfortable and energy-efficient.

How an energy audit works

No two energy audits are exactly the same because no two houses and families are the same. To begin the process, the auditors who come to your home will ask you questions that will assist them with their tests and help them narrow down specific areas to test.

The principle step of the energy audit is to alter the pressure in the house so that the pressure drops and forces air the rush in through any possible crack in the air and heat sealing of the structure. The auditors will use a blower door, a device that fits over the front door and uses fans to draw out the air from the inside and cause a drop in pressure. Auditors then use equipment such as smoke pencils to pinpoint the air leaks.

The next major stage of an audit is to use thermographic inspection, devices that measure the home’s surface temperature. This finds where a house loses energy in ways unrelated to air leaks.

After seeing the large picture of the house, the auditors will move on to investigate specific areas. A large part of their attention will be on the HVAC system, where they will check for air leaks in the ventilation and the efficiency of the heater and the air conditioner. They will look over the insulation in places like the attic to see other spots where there could be improvement in trapping and expelling heat.

The auditors will also pay attention to the lighting of your home, which accounts for approximately a tenth of your electricity bills. The auditors will identify places where improved lighting schemes or energy-efficient LED lights can help your overall energy consumption.

Our technicians are highly trained and experienced to perform the steps that will help you find out how to heat and cool your house without excess energy loss.

If you want to put a stop to energy waste in your home, call on AAction Air today and talk to our Richmond Hill, GA energy audit specialists.

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