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Five Reasons You Need a Home Energy Audit

February 20, 2015 Written by  Comments Print
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Were you surprised at the amount due on your most recent heating bill? Have your energy costs been rising this winter? If so, you might want to consider a home energy audit

What's a Home Energy Audit?

A home energy audit is a survey of your home in Maryland conducted by a professional energy consultant. The goal of the audit is to determine how energy is being used in your home, where it is being wasted, and how you can make upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of your home.


Five Reasons You Need a Home Energy Audit


  1. It can make your home more comfortable.

Cold drafty rooms are a problem in many homes during the winter. A home energy audit can find where heat is escaping from your home and implement solutions to eliminate drafts and make your home more comfortable. This works in the summer too, by eliminating cracks that allow cool air to escape from your home and warm air to enter.


  1. Specifically designed tests will pinpoint locations that need improvement.

One of the many components of a home energy audit is testing that is specifically designed to uncover areas that need improvement. One example is the blower door test. In this test, a large fan is used to depressurize your home. This forces the higher pressure outside air to flow into your home. An infrared camera is then used to reveal specifically where air is entering your home, which allows the auditor to pinpoint holes and openings in the building envelope.


  1. You will be able to prioritize energy efficient upgrades.

You're probably well aware that there are a number of ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home in Maryland. But in order to maximize the potential return on your investment, it's important to prioritize these upgrades. For example, installing new windows will definitely improve energy efficiency, but they won't come cheap. Air sealing and adding insulation in your attic will have an even greater impact on your home's efficiency and comfort, and will do so at a more affordable price. Finding the right balance between price and efficiency and using this data to prioritize potential upgrades is what an auditor does.


  1. You could save between 5-30 percent on your energy bill.

By implementing upgrades to your home's building envelope, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, and adjusting your energy usage habits, you could save a significant amount on your monthly heating bill.


  1. It's one of the best investments you can make in your home.

A home energy audit gives you a return on your investment that lasts for the entire lifetime of your home. The money you save on your monthly energy bills will add up over time. There are few better investments to make in your home than a home energy audit.

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home With a Home Energy Audit 

A home energy audit can uncover problem ares in your home in Maryland and make recommendations to fix them, which will improve the performance of your heating and cooling equipment, save you money on your energy bills, and make your home more comfortable. Call today at 866.996.7630 or visit us at our website to learn more. 

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