After an exceptionally long, cold winter, Northeast Ohio residents are anxious for summer and warmer temperatures. As you start to prepare your home for summer, consider scheduling a professional energy audit to ensure that your home is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. While there are a number of simple, do it yourself ways to save on your energy bill, an energy audit will give you a complete evaluation of your home’s energy consumption, and provide solutions and strategies to increase your home’s energy efficiency. According to recent industry data, updating and maintaining your home’s appliances and fixing small problems can decrease your energy bills between 5 % and 30%, annually.
During your energy audit, a trained professional will thoroughly examine your home for leaks, gaps, and holes.
Starting outside, the auditor will examine walls, joints, and eaves for leaks. A tight fit around these openings prevents air from leaving the home.
Moving to the attic, the auditor will then check the seal around the trap door, again looking for a tight fit. Once in the attic, he or she will inspect the insulation, making sure it’s correctly and evenly installed.
In the basement, the auditor will check your furnace and water heater.
Duct work will be inspected with a screwdriver; if the tool fits between the duct work, the fit is too loose, and air is leaking outside.
Finally, your inspector will conduct the “blower test“. After closing all the doors and windows and setting up a fan to even the pressure inside the home, the inspector will use an infrared camera to identify any leaks. The darker the color appears on the camera, the worse, and more expensive, the leak is to the homeowner.
Once you have identified your problem areas, the auditor can recommend solution to increase your home’s over all energy efficiency. When you’re ready to optimize the energy efficiency of your home and schedule an energy audit, call Stack Cooling and Heating. We have been serving Greater Cleveland’s home comfort needs since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy audits and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.