June 4, 2015

If opening your electric bill each month is a terrifying experience, it’s probably time to schedule a home energy audit. This in-depth inspection of your home identifies areas where energy is wasted and leads to recommendations to resolve the issues. Use a home energy audit to help you save money.

What Will a Certified Home Energy Auditor Do?

An experienced auditor will inspect your home and it’s various systems, including the effectiveness of the HVAC system and insulation. He or she will look for leaks and blockages in the ductwork, air leakage from cracks and holes, and uncomfortable hot or cold spots.

The process the auditor follows is an extensive one. He or she will inspect windows and doors, checking for leaks and signs of excessive condensation. The position of air registers will be inspected and noted.

Some professional tests require sophisticated equipment, such as the blower door test. The auditor will employ a special fan designed to depressurize the house. This test will show critical information about air leaks. Infrared imaging may also be used to measure temperature variations around the home.

What Will an Energy Auditor Do With the Findings?

The final phase of the home energy audit is the recommendation phase. This is a customized report to help you understand and prioritize changes you can make in order to save energy. Some recommendations are as simple as adjusting registers for optimal airflow. Replacing inefficient appliances or investing in efficiency upgrades to the home itself may also be appropriate.

It’s important that a qualified energy auditor performs this complex service. NATE certification is one credential that indicates qualification.

When you’re ready to save money on your power bill, contact the experts at Wolff Mechanical to schedule a home energy audit.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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