One of the most common home buzzwords these days is a home energy audit. So, what is an energy audit? Long story short, it’s an audit by a qualified company to determine the efficiency of your heating, insulation, doors, windows, and other places in your home that use, lose, or conserve energy.
The audit considers a home a “system” where the components work together to determine where you might improve and save money and the environment on energy costs.
The contractor will perform a series of tests to determine the overall energy health of your home. For instance, a blower door and duct blaster test are done. They will determine if there are potential leaks that can be plugged around windows, doors, and the furnace area to prevent energy waste.
Inspectors will also check for air-flow pressure, energy efficiency, moisture, and air quality issues. A typical energy audit will look for any place that your home is wasting energy, and therefore money, comfort, and environmental health.
The best news? The majority of the recommendations are inexpensive and easy fixes. Depending on the condition, layout, and age of the home, solutions often include:
Adding insulation in leaking places – attics, basement, or crawl space, and any holes in the home
Seal the window casings
Seal doors to reduce heat and cool waste
Clean out the furnace so it runs better
Service your air conditioning unit to make sure it’s performing at top quality
New, more efficient light bulbs
New shower heads, sink facets, and potentially toilets to reduce water waste
Bigger fixes may include new roofing, windows, or insulation if the home is very old or inefficient. Large scale energy efficiency upgrades include solar panels, new heating and cooling systems, water heaters, and appliances.
Making these upgrades are not only an easy way to improve the value of your home, but also to make your home more comfortable while saving money on energy bills.
If you’d like to explore having an energy audit done on your home to improve its efficiency, contact the LaForest Team. We will help point you in the right direction to get the most out of your audit.