Frederick Air, Inc
3 King Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: (301) 663-0300
Business Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Evening and Weekends Available by Appointment
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What Happens in a Residential Home Energy Assessment?
Frederick Air | February 25, 2018
An energy assessment is a valuable tool for homeowners who want to understand the best ways to reduce their utility bills and improve their home's energy efficiency. To get the most out of the energy assessment and ask specific questions about their home's energy usage, homeowners should understand what happens during a typical home energy assessment.
How Energy Auditors Conduct a Residential Home Energy Assessment
An energy auditor will evaluate how much energy homeowners use, how energy efficient their home is, how tight the home's envelope is, and how well the energy systems in the home function. The auditor will go through the house from top to bottom, checking everything from the attic to the basement.
Energy auditors inspect the home's heating system, the central air conditioning system and the envelope of your home, which refers to the insulation, windows, and doors that create a barrier between inside and outside.
Many energy auditors use thermal mapping tools to show homeowners where the air is moving through the home's envelope. A strong envelope keeps cold air outside and warm air inside during winter, while a weak one allows frigid air to pass through cracks and warm air to escape the house in winter. The opposite happens in summer when cool air gets out while heat and humidity seep in through cracks.
The energy auditor will check the home for health issues as well. These include poor indoor air quality, mold or mildew presence, or a high level of dust.
The audit will conclude with a personalized, recommended list of home improvements to make to reduce the home's energy consumption. By adding insulation and sealing leaks, for instance, homeowners will create a stronger envelope. They will use less energy, because the home leaks less energy, and will start saving money. If the house is too humid, mold and mildew can develop. By increasing ventilation and adding moisture controls, homeowners can protect their health and make the environment less attractive to bacteria.
How to Prepare for a Home Energy Assessment
Since the auditor will cover the entire home, energy assessments tend to be time-consuming. Homeowners should set aside two to four hours, depending on the size of the house.
To prepare for the assessment, homeowners should gather one year of utility bills. The auditor will use this information to determine the cost savings of energy efficient home improvements.
At the conclusion of the energy assessment, the auditor will leave a personalized evaluation that recommends specific home improvements, based on what the energy audit revealed. Homeowners can then review the report, compare project costs, and decide what to tackle first.
Many of these recommended improvements save money right away by reducing home energy consumption. By making the home improvements that deliver the most significant cost savings right away, homeowners can then put more money in their pockets and save up for larger projects.