High utility bills can throw your budget off, but most homeowners plan for spikes during heavy heating and cooling seasons. When the use of your HVAC system is less intense, a high energy bill can be alarming. If your bills have been high in spite of your efforts to reduce your energy usage, it may be time to schedule a home energy audit.
What Is a Home Energy Audit?
Don’t mistake a professional home performance evaluation with using a website or app to calculate your expected energy usage. These calculations may provide you with a good idea of what to expect in energy consumption based on your climate, home size and other factors, but they don’t provide actual data about how your home measures up to those expectations. A professional audit is provided by a technician who has been trained and certified to carefully evaluate your residence.
During a home performance evaluation, your HVAC expert will use state-of-the-art equipment to measure air pressures, pinpoint air leaks and test your heating and cooling equipment. These diagnostic efforts provide specific information about sources of energy loss. In many cases, homeowners have suspicions about the issues contributing to high energy use for heating and cooling. However, home performance experts often identify unexpected issues that add to the problem of high bills. The comprehensive approach to inspecting your home makes it possible for your technician to address multiple areas that may be responsible for your climbing bills.
Possible Recommendations for Improved Energy Performance
There are numerous issues that affect the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment. Your energy assessment may result in one or many recommendations, including the following:
- HVAC maintenance – pre-season maintenance is important for ensuring that your equipment is clean and optimized. Dirt, broken parts and leaks can lead to poor performance and excessive energy usage.
- Insulation – inadequate insulating material can allow for excessive energy loss, making it important to consider supplementing to improve your home’s performance.
- Leaky ducts – duct leaks can represent the loss of up to 40 percent of your heating and cooling energy. Repairs can help with those high bills.
- Air leaks – drafty areas at doors and windows can also contribute to energy loss. It’s important to replace old, damaged sealants. According to Energy Star, supplemental insulation and air sealing together can provide up to a 10 percent improvement in your energy usage levels.
- Old equipment – an outdated air conditioner or furnace may be incapable of providing the desired home comfort and energy efficiency. A new system may be recommended if your equipment is performing poorly in spite of regular maintenance.
Get Expert Help
If you are ready to tackle the energy efficiency issues in your home, you will appreciate the expertise of the team at Hollub Inc. In addition to a professional audit, we are available for assisting with improvements such as new HVAC equipment or air sealing. We also offer regular HVAC maintenance for your Gold Coast Chicago home. Our customer service representatives are ready to assist in scheduling an appointment when you call.