Chances are, your home has a variety areas where energy is being lost or wasted, making your utility bills unnecessarily high. A professional energy audit can help you learn how and where you can save on energy use and expenditures in your southwest Illinois home.
A home energy audit is an assessment of your home’s energy usage and efficiency, and will identify any problems you may have and how to correct them. Again, the goal is to save you money and make your home a more sustainable living space.
Before the audit, make a list of problems that you’re aware of. Do you have any drafty areas or rooms? Can you see condensation in any spots? Gather copies of every month’s energy bills for the last year (your utility company can provide that information if needed). Here are some questions your auditor may ask:
- Who is home during the day, Monday-Friday?
- How many people live in your home?
- Do you use every room?
- What’s your thermostat setting when you are home, summer/winter?
A blower door test will help determine your home’s airtightness. A powerful fan is mounted into the frame of an exterior door and pulls air out of the house. With the inside of the home depressurized, outside air rushes into openings that are not properly sealed. Then, a pressure gauge and an airflow measurement manometer measure how quickly, and where, this happens.
In addition, a thermographic scanning (infrared) device will detect thermal defects or air leakages in your home’s exterior and possibly interior framework. The scan can identify areas of your home that are lacking in insulation.
Our customers return to Ernst Heating and Cooling for heating and air conditioning sales, installation and service because of our uncompromising commitment to superior customer service. Please contact us to schedule an energy audit today. We provide quality HVAC services to communities in the Metro-East area, including Bethalto, Edwardsville, Troy and Hamel.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy audits and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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