When it is cold, it is human nature to crank up that thermostat. And, then you get your utility bill, which can take that "warm and fuzzy" feeling away. Conducting an energy audit is one of the easiest steps you can take to help protect your home year round.
Air leakage contributes significantly to home heating costs. When air escapes from your home means your furnace has to work overtime to compensate and maintain the temperature set on your thermostat.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, floors, walls, ceilings, and windows can account for 41 percent of air leakage in homes.
That's where an energy audit can help you better understand how your home performs, identify areas that pose an issue and provide you with a plan to resolve these issues.
An energy audit typically begins with a "blower door" test to help determine how air flows through your home. This test measures how much air is moving through any cracks around doors, windows, and other potential areas. A well-sealed home should have no leaks. The audit will also use tools like a smoke pencil and infrared camera to further identify areas that may need additional attention.
Once an energy audit is completed, you will typically be presented with a report of where there are problem areas and recommendations on how to correct these troublesome issues.
While air leakage can cause your heating bills to jump significantly this winter, completing a quick energy audit and having a well-insulated home can help you get through the cold winter months. You can learn more about choosing the right insulation for your home by contacting us today.