5 Ways that having an Energy Audit will improve your life this winter:
Drafts. Cold rooms. These are not caused by ghosts, but by physics. An
energy auditor will pinpoint the exact source of each of them, and
give you a blueprint for eliminating them for good.
Heat costs money, and the heat escaping through air leaks and poorly
insulated walls represents dollars out the window. Making a few
low-cost improvements can save you a ton.
Home performance contractors and energy auditors are trained to
evaluate the functionality and safety of combustion appliances within
your home, and to diagnose potential safety issues. Additionally, they
can analyze your home’s indoor air quality to determine whether
inadequate ventilation could lead to respiratory problems for you and
4. Surprise Prevention
Ever have an ice dam spring up unexpectedly on your roof? Or a
surprise wet spot in your ceiling caused by said ice dam? Or an
electricity bill that’s 2x what last month’s was, and you don’t know
why? Surprises are good at Christmas, but only at Christmas. A home
energy audit can help you pinpoint potential energy and building
issues down the road, so you can prevent them at the source.
Above all, perhaps the most compelling part of a home energy audit is
that it serves as something of an owner’s manual for your home: it
pinpoints its deficiencies, it directs you to fix them, and helps you
understand how each of your home’s individual components are
inextricably linked — something few single-serving contractors can
provide (horror stories abound of homeowners dropping tens of
thousands on new windows, not realizing that that’s not what they
needed–the home stays cold, the bills stay high).
Even if you can’t make all the improvements you’d like to before the
first snow flies, a home energy audit from a certified auditor will
give you a detailed blueprint of the improvements that will give you
the most bang for your buck. Which means a more comfortable, safer