Investing in an Energy Audit Can Lead to Serious Savings Through Greater Efficiency

The more efficient your home, the more money you can save on energy bills. But every home is different, so it can be difficult to know what energy efficiency upgrades will benefit you the most. Home energy audits help homeowners decide what direction to take their HVAC upgrades and improvements to reach whole-house energy efficiency. And hiring an HVAC expert is worth the time and the upfront expense, as an energy audit often lets homeowners make efficiency decisions that can slice their energy bills by as much as 30 percent.

How Energy Audits Work

Energy audits take your household’s specific needs into account. Standard tests involve a blower door test, which identifies air leaks throughout your home, and a thermographic scan that can help identify gaps in insulation and places where heat invades or escapes from the home.

programmable thermostat After the audit, the HVAC professional can guide you through worthwhile upgrades that will net you the most bang for your buck. Some suggestions may include:

  • Upgrading to higher-efficiency appliances
  • Sealing air leaks in various parts of your home
  • Installing a programmable thermostat to keep heating and cooling costs down when you’re not home
  • Upgrading insulation, especially in attic spaces
  • Shading windows using landscaping or drapes
  • Insulating pipes, ducts and/or the hot water heater
  • Switching to ductless heating and cooling or tankless water heating

Because some HVAC upgrades may represent a significant upfront investment, it’s good to have an energy audit tell you where to focus your attention.

Energy audits are most useful in homes that have been around for a while. Newer homes are often designed with energy efficiency in mind, meaning that the time and expense of an energy audit may not produce commensurate results. But if your home is older and hasn’t been recently remodeled, or if you feel like your energy bills are too high, an energy audit can help you target exactly how to improve your space.

To learn more about energy audits, or to schedule one for your home in Cumberland area home, contact the pros at Victory • Heating • Air Conditioning • Plumbing!

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