If Your Energy Costs Are Rising, There Is Reason — Find Out Why With An Energy Evaluation

Posted On: November 11, 2011

If you have noticed that your energy costs have been steadily rising, you should have an energy evaluation performed so that you can identify the source of the problem and fix it. With winter arriving in a few months, you will begin to use your heating equipment more and more, making it even more important to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible.

Your energy evaluation should be performed by an experienced energy auditor. Before they begin their inspection, inform them of any heating or cooling problems you have been having. They will perform an initial visual inspection, looking around the house for areas where common problems occur.

There are a number of tests they use to locate leaks that may be the root of your reduced energy efficiency. One is the blower-door test. This entails mounting a fan to a doorframe and turning it on so that it sucks the air out of the house. This forces outside air to seep in, and with the aid of a smoke pencil, the auditor can locate spots that need to be addressed.

Thermographic scans use infrared video to locate parts of the house that are warmer or cooler than the rest. These areas often need additional insulation to keep your house as efficient as possible.

The audit will not result in any recommendations that force you to make substantial lifestyle changes. Most are simple suggestions that can be done quickly and affordably. One of the most common suggestions is to repair leaks in your ductwork. When there are cracks, leaks or gaps in your ducts, air escapes into areas unnecessarily, wasting conditioned air in your attic or crawlspaces.

For more ideas on how to improve your home’s efficiency or to schedule an energy evaluation for your home, contact Ernst Heating & Cooling.  We have proudly served the Edwardsville area since 1951.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy evaluations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Ernst Heating & Cooling services Hamel, Illinois and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!      

Service in Just Hours
What People Are Saying About Ernst
  Reviews for Ernst Heating & Cooling

314 customer reviews

Average rating:5

  Excellent Service
We are very pleased with Ernst Heating and Cooling!
by don l on 11/11/2019
  Prompt and...
Prompt and professional.
by david b on 11/10/2019
  very good at...
very good & helpful
by Don V on 11/09/2019
  Great service
I just renewed my service contract for the 3rd time. Ernst is prompt and thorough as well as reasonably priced. I’ve...
by Georgann L on 11/07/2019
  Great Work
Technician arrived exactly on time and answered every question I had. Very professional!
by james f on 11/04/2019
More Verified Reviews
Service in Just Hours
Reasons You Should Replace Your Window AC Unit
Posted On:June 25, 2018

Nobody likes the idea of spending thousands of dollars on central air conditioning, which makes the window air conditioning unit an attractive option for those...