It’s a no-brainer that most people want to find ways to slash costs on their heat and air conditioning bills. One of the best ways to do this is to hire a qualified inspector to come to your home and identify various energy inefficiencies. Not only will an inspector find issues, they will also offer tips and recommendations for improvement.
As long as you follow through on these recommendations, you should start to save money on your monthly electric bill. And as an added bonus, you will also be helping the planet by reducing your overall environmental footprint.
Here are some of the things you should expect when you schedule a home energy audit. And be sure to block out a significant amount of time because the audit should take several hours to complete.
- The process starts with an interview between the homeowner and inspector followed by a walkthrough. The purpose of this initial step is for the homeowner to specify any specific areas of concern.
- Review recent energy bills to identify usage and any unusual or suspiciously high charges.
- A visual inspection of various parts of your home to identify those areas where you may be losing treated air. These areas include the following:
- Doors and windows
- A blower test will be performed which accomplishes two things:
- It depressurizes the home.
- It will find any areas, both visible and hidden, where air can leak in and out.
- If you have a furnace, it will be thoroughly inspected to determine if any maintenance or repair is needed to help it operate at peak efficiency.
- A duct blaster will be used to search out hidden air leaks in your heating and air conditioning system.
- Tests will be performed to determine if you have any gas leaks.
- Your home electrical system will be inspected for dangerous or hazardous connections.
- Your hot water heater will be tested to determine if it is working at peak efficiency.
- Your fireplace will be checked to confirm that it is not a potential hazard.
- Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will be tested to make sure they are working properly.
After the audit is completed, the inspector will provide you with tips and recommendations that will make the biggest impact on your monthly electric bill. At that point, it will be up to you and your family to turn these recommendations into action.