How Energy Audits Help Get the Most From a Home Improvement Investment

Posted on: February 24, 2015

Spring is a popular time for home improvements in North Carolina, with milder weather often causing a sudden urge to tidy up and get outdoors. Before you spend your whole renovation budget, however, you should make sure you’ve also invested in a home energy audit. Home energy audits are incredibly valuable, since they can continue to have effects for years to come by keeping your home comfortable and your energy bills low.

worker-giving-home-inspectionWhat to Expect During an Inspection

Energy audits involve a thorough tour of your home, so even those unused rooms and untidy closets should be accessible on the day of your appointment. The auditor will want to see the basement, attic and crawl space as well, since air leaks and other problems concerning energy efficiency can occur anywhere in the home.

You’ll also want to be prepared by having recent energy bills handy. Utility bills can provide the auditor with information about your family’s energy usage, as well as communicate problems that wouldn’t otherwise be apparent.

Tools of the Trade

Most auditors make use of some high-tech tools to help with the process and get more accurate results. Blower door tests are quite common, and though the setup may look strange, they tell auditors a lot about your home. Simply put, a blower door test changes the indoor air pressure to detect air leaks. Thermographic scans are used to gather immediate temperature readings of various surfaces of the home envelope.

Evaluation and Follow-Up

After an energy audit, the technician will need to spend some time reviewing the findings with you. You should get a thorough analysis of your home’s specific energy efficiency needs and concerns, as well as advice regarding what needs to be done to improve the house. To truly improve your home’s efficiency, follow the auditor’s advice, which may include sealing any air leaks with caulk or spray foam or replacing insulation in areas that are lacking.

Contact Air Experts today for more information on investing in a home energy audit for your Central North Carolina home.

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