If you’ve recently purchased a home, having your home audited is an extremely important step to take to ensure it is energy efficient, comfortable, and safe. Depending on the results, it can provide peace of mind or help you catch and correct problems early on.
According to the Department of Energy, you can save between 5 and 30 percent on your energy bills by making the changes a home auditor recommends. While it can be frustrating to have to make improvements so soon after purchasing, upgrading your home’s energy systems will pay dividends down the road. A home energy audit is the first step to take if you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency and start fresh in your new home.
What is a home energy audit?
A home energy audit is conducted by a certified professional who evaluates your home’s energy efficiency and helps you come up with an actionable plan about how to fix any problems they find. You’ll discover how much energy your home uses and the professional will be able to tell you where your home may have comfort issues in the coming hot/cold seasons. From your attic to your crawlspace and your ductwork to your furnace, there are many pieces and systems in your home that must work together for it to function properly. A home energy auditor will evaluate all the systems in your home to understand how they impact your comfort and health.
How do I know if I need a home energy audit?
There are a few common symptoms that indicate a home is not energy efficient, including high energy and utility bills, ice dams, window condensation, temperature fluctuations throughout the home, rooms that vary in temperature depending on the season, and indoor air quality issues. As a new owner, it can be difficult to know what the previous owners have done in terms of energy system upgrades. A home auditor can help you identify and correct any energy efficiency issues the previous owners failed to address to ensure you don’t experience the same problems.
What are the benefits?
Home energy audits are extremely beneficial for new homeowners. Having your home audited and then making the recommended changes directly impacts your wallet, your health, and the planet. An auditor can help you prioritize your energy efficiency improvements, so you can enjoy a healthy and comfortable new home.
The process can help you save money on your energy bills because the auditor will go right to the source to find out where energy is escaping and being wasted. You will also find that your home’s overall level of comfort will be improved. You’ll no longer experience a hot second floor in the summer and cold, drafty rooms in the winter. If you have weak insulation in your attic or crawlspace, for example, your home’s temperature will be more stable from room to room after new insulation is installed. An energy audit can also improve the health and safety of your home. Your auditor will be able to discover and identify problems such as mold or structural issues before they become severe and costly. Lastly, having a professional audit of your new home can also benefit the environment. You’ll use less energy, meaning your carbon footprint and the pollution you produce will be reduced.
Contact Ecotelligent Homes today to get a comprehensive home energy audit and start enjoying a comfort and energy efficiency new home.