Is Your Home an Energy Guzzler? Perform an Energy Audit to Know for Sure
If you suspect that your winter and summer energy bills were too high but aren’t sure why, an energy audit may help you uncover inefficiencies in your home or energy-wasting habits. Everything from dirty ducts to a poorly insulated attic can force your cooling and heating equipment to work harder than necessary to maintain the right temperature. In fact, any weak component in your home’s HVAC system can have a drastic effect on overall energy usage. Whether you’re planning to renovate your home or have noticed large temperature differences between rooms or the aforementioned high energy bills, an energy audit can help you discover the correct course of action.
In addition to increasing your efficiency, auditing your home will help you find ways to improve the health and comfort of your family. When you hire a HVAC contractor to conduct an energy audit, they will:
- Perform air quality tests. While not directly related to efficiency, checking for carbon monoxide and humidity levels is crucial to your safety and comfort. Whole-house dehumidifiers and carbon monoxide detectors are a good investment for any South Florida home.
- Conduct a blower door test. By removing all the air from your home with the blower door apparatus, a professional can discover any significant air leaks. Your home’s ability to stay airtight has a big impact on your cooling and heating systems.
- Inspect for appropriate insulation. As a Florida resident, you may have thought you didn’t need to worry about insulation, but having the right amount can be a big source of energy savings whether it’s summer or winter. The auditor likely will use thermographic scanning equipment to detect where insulation is lacking, as well as visually checking accessible areas such as the attic.
- Check equipment for proper operation. An old air conditioner that hasn’t been properly maintained can waste a lot of electricity, and combustion appliances may produce carbon monoxide by improperly burning fuel. The auditor likely will recommend a tune-up of your heating system before winter arrives, and then suggest doing the same next spring for your A/C.
Once your energy audit is complete, you’ll likely be given a variety of suggestions for improving efficiency. Whether you need a bit more insulation or an entire HVAC upgrade, your whole family will benefit from lower energy bills going forward. If you’d like more information about energy efficiency and other topics related to your home comfort, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve been proudly serving Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties since 1973.