What is an energy audit?
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Home energy audits in Connecticut
A home energy audit evaluates an existing home to determine where and how energy is being lost, what systems are operating inefficiently and what cost-effective improvements can be implemented. The goal is to enhance occupant comfort, make the home more durable and lower utility costs.
An energy audit is the first step in converting your home or workplace into an energy-efficient, draft-free, comfortable, and healthy environment while lowering energy costs and providing the most efficient, effective and “green” solutions.
Why do I need an energy audit?
The number one reason is savings. In order to keep your house comfortable at an affordable cost, it's critical to know which areas need improvement. A home energy audit provides hard data on the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems, as well as the air flow into and out of the home. A home is meant to breathe, but not leak air in or out at too great a rate.
How does an energy audit improve my home heating and cooling efficiency and costs?
The most important way an energy audit helps with your heating and cooling is by finding the cause of energy waste in your home. This lowers the cost of achieving a comfortable temperature.
Very often, owners use a trial-and-error process to improve energy efficiency without truly knowing what the problem is. An energy audit provides you with the information to know where the problem areas lie. No matter how high-grade the heating or cooling system or the quality of the installation, you will not get a significant return on your energy upgrade investments if your structure has air leaks or building deficiencies.
What is the process for scheduling and conducting the home energy audit?
- Contact us to get more information about your home energy audit.
- We visit your home and conduct the energy assessment.
- We send you a report including all findings, recommendations, and priorities.
- We write up a work scope for any requested improvements and manage the work, if you choose.
What should I expect when I apply for an audit?
Certified energy auditors will evaluate the efficiency and safety of your home or workplace as well as your appliances’ efficiency and performance. Indoor air quality issues such as carbon monoxide, moisture and air leakage will be recorded and analyzed. The safety and efficiency of your heating and hot water systems will also be tested. The auditor will determine if your combustion appliances are properly drafting and whether dangerous chemicals from your home or business are being removed.
Why would I want a professional audit over a do-it-yourself audit?
A do-it-yourself audit can help you make an educated guess about how airtight your home is and point you toward fixes. A typical DIY test: Hold a lit candle up to windows, doors and electrical outlets to see if a draft blows the flame.
But beware of drawing erroneous conclusions when you fix a problem you uncover yourself. You might pay for new windows when you really needed to insulate your window frames. You might have a tendency to over-seal your home, creating indoor air quality issues (dirty air, mold) that compromise your health.
Professional audits utilize high-tech tools that pinpoint the exact location of duct leaks and evaluate exactly how airtight your home is. They consider safety concerns such as gas leaks and indoor air quality issues. They examine which direction drafts are blowing. Draft direction can alert an auditor that your attic is sucking up your warm air, for instance. Audits also assess the performance of heating and cooling systems.
Professional audits aren’t free, but for a nominal cost ($99), the information they provide can help you make targeted repairs and lower your energy bills by up to 30% annually.
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