A high energy bill can create a lot of stress for a household that operates with a tight budget. However, many homeowners are unaware of inefficient energy usage because of consistent bills over time. Consistency isn’t an automatic indication of good home performance, and an energy audit could provide some eye-opening information about your structure.
What Is a Home Performance Evaluation
Energy Star, a government program connected with the Environmental Protection Agency, exists to help consumers in both private and commercial settings better manage their energy usage while saving money. The home performance program sponsored by Energy Star is dedicated to whole-home solutions for enhanced comfort control and improved energy usage. Trained contractors are able to inspect a structure to provide feedback on current performance levels and potential opportunities for improvement.
Who Does the Energy Audit?
In many cases, a trained HVAC contractor is the ideal professional to evaluate your home. There are some basic measurements that you can input into efficiency calculators online as you use utility bills and regional data, but these results are very general. The trained contractor can use specialized equipment like blower doors to measure leakage in your home’s envelope. Infrared equipment can also provide visual information about airflow issues in your home. Additionally, your heating and cooling equipment can be evaluated for efficiency based on its age, sizing and maintenance record.
Your heating and cooling units account for nearly half of your home’s energy usage, making this the main point of interest in a home performance evaluation. However, air leaks and insulation problems can also affect your efficiency levels. Have you noticed any of the following issues?
- Peeling paint
- Heavy dust
- Cold or hot spots
These are just a few signs that you may be dealing with leaks or other issues that could reduce the energy performance of your home.
How Can My Home Performance Be Improved?
The good news is that you can do some improvement projects on your own to improve efficiency levels related to air leaks. Caulk and weather stripping are inexpensive, and they can be used quickly to stop drafts. You can also use insulated window coverings or other thermal window products to limit energy loss at one of the most vulnerable points in the home. You may also want to consider significant structural upgrades like updating to multi-paned windows. Supplemental attic insulation can also provide improved energy retention.
Don’t Overlook Preventative Maintenance
One of the easiest steps to improved energy performance is regular maintenance for your hvac, heating and cooling systems. This is often overlooked when everything seems to be running smooth. The old addage, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it does not apply to large, mechanical, expensive equipment. Twice per year, have your equipment inspected and adjusted to ensure that it operates as specified by the manufacturer. Dirt buildup, humidity, pests, can hinder performance, making regular cleaning a top priority. Your HVAC contractor can also pinpoint problems with worn or compromised parts so that you can replace them before they lead to system damage or repair needs.
Call Accurate Comfort Air Conditioning today to schedule a home energy audit. Our Marco Island team will explain our audit and hvac maintenance options.
The Marco Island, FL, team at is available to assist with your energy audit or maintenance needs at your convenience. Call us today to schedule an appointment.