Why You Need a Home Energy Audit
Jul 11, 2017
What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit, often called an energy assessment, is a comprehensive review of how efficiently your home uses energy. While you could perform an audit on your own, a BPI (Building Performance Industry) certified technician has access to the specific tools and diagnostic equipment needed to perform the most accurate assessment.
When you hire a professional to perform an energy audit of your home, there are a number of different tests they can and may perform. One of the most common energy audit techniques is the blower door test. A large, powerful fan is fixed to the frame of an exterior door and the rest of the doorway is sealed. When turned on, the fan pulls all the air out of the house and lowers the air pressure inside. The high-pressure air from outside then tries to rush into the house, revealing any unsealed cracks or openings that could cause air leakage.
Another popular method is the use of a thermographic scanner. Thermography uses infrared sensors and camera equipment to “see” the temperature of different areas of your home. The video records and color-codes temperature variations within the building, normally using white for hot areas and black for cold spots. These images allow the auditor to see how air travels within the home and where insulation is needed.
Short- and Long-Term Benefits
One of the most immediate benefits you’ll enjoy after a home energy audit is a better understanding of your personal energy usage and efficiency. Knowing exactly how and where your energy bills are going allows you to start making any necessary changes. The technician performing your audit should be able to provide a significant amount of information and analysis based on the results, which can help you quickly determine your best course of action for saving money and increasing comfort.
An energy audit can also lead to a number of benefits that you’ll only see some time down the road. Decreasing energy costs and improving your home’s efficiency can significantly increase its marketability. If you ever decide to sell your current home, any additions you’ve added up to that point will have increased your home’s resale value. A few environmentally-friendly upgrades could even make your house more appealing to potential buyers.
Energy Audit Pros in California
Our goal at Energy Saving Pros is to help you save money by going green. In addition to offering custom solar energy solutions, our certified technicians perform comprehensive home energy audits. Using state-of-the-art technology, such as a blower door test or infrared cameras, we can find areas of your home that are either energy inefficient or the source of common home pollutants and allergens. Contact us today to schedule a free assessment!