Home Energy Audits
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What to Expect With Your Home Energy Audit
If you are considering getting a home energy audit, consider Ted Kirk, owner of North Georgia Replacement Windows, who is a BPI Building Analyst Professional. He is certified to test and check your home to see where it could be more efficient.
The end goal in a home energy audit is to save energy and money and to make your home more comfortable. Some fixes to homes that are leaking energy include installing energy efficient lighting and appliances and creating sealed barriers around your house to minimize the air leaks. Upgrading your home to become energy efficient can save anywhere from 5% to 30% on your energy bill.
The home energy auditor begins on the outside of the house by looking for problems around the walls, joints and eaves. If everything is not tightly fit, then you are losing money. A big part of the audit is checking the insulation. The insulation needs to be correctly and evenly installed between all areas of the house frame.
The next step is checking the holes where the electrical lines pass through. If they are not properly sealed, then they are leaking and losing energy. Likewise, your furnace and water heater should be checked to make sure they are not wasting energy as well. Furnaces tend to lose efficiency as they get older, and it may cost you more to keep your current one running rather than to buy a new one. However, sometimes it is just the filter. The auditor will check that for you. Along with furnaces, water heaters, too, may not be entirely efficient as they get older. They should also be insulated or they are losing energy.
The auditor will then check the ductwork. The ducts should be a tight fit. If a screwdriver can fit into the hole, then there is energy being wasted.
The next step is the blower door test. All the windows, doors, and anything that lets air in need to closed. A special fan will then depressurize the house. This will cause all air to be sucked out of the house, allowing outside air to rush into openings that you did not know about. With an infrared camera, leaks are easy to spot.
North Georgia Replacement Windows
The home energy audit is designed to find the places where there is energy escaping from your home. Once these are found, you can work on getting them fixed and start saving energy every month! Call North Georgia Replacement Windows today to learn more about home energy audits and find out what we can do to help make your home more energy efficient.
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