A home energy audit is a comprehensive inspection of your home to review your energy usage and evaluate what can be done to make your home more energy efficient. The intent is to uncover leaks or other problems that could reduce wasted energy and save you money. Whether you have heated air or cooled air in your home, you don’t want it leaking out.
During the inspection you should be able to determine the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems as well as see ways to conserve hot water and electricity. You can perform a simple energy assessment yourself, or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough assessment.
A professional auditor uses a variety of techniques and equipment. One of them is a blower door, which allows them to pressurize the home and measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope. Another is an infrared camera which can reveal hot or cold spots, usually caused by air infiltration or missing insulation.
A typical charge for this service, which can take a few hours to complete, might be in the $80-$150 range. Based on the size of leaks that are found, that amount of money might be easily recovered in lower energy bills within a few months. As always, consider getting more than one estimate before you request the service, and be sure to use a reputable company you can trust.
If you’ve every had a good home energy audit, leave a comment to share your experience with others. And if you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be glad to advise you. Be Wiser – Call Kaiser! (317-299-1622 in Indianapolis)