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Assessing and Improving the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
Better home energy efficiency can mean a lot to you and your family. By assessing the current energy status of your home and making the necessary changes, improvements or upgrades, you’ll enjoy the following advantages:
- Improved HVAC system performance
- Increased indoor comfort
- Lower energy bills
- Reduced carbon footprint
The advantages of committing to this responsible homeowner activity make an energy audit of your home a smart idea. You can conduct simple energy checks yourself or enlist the services of a professional auditor — both options work quite well together for improved savings and efficiency. Our expert service personnel are available to provide the services you need in Corpus Christi TX and surrounding areas.
Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audit
For a preliminary assessment of the energy efficiency of your home, a do-it-yourself energy audit is a good place start to save money on your home heating and cooling bills. Finding out where the energy drains are and correcting them involves the following actions:
- Searching for and sealing air leaks
- Properly venting combustion appliances
- Checking insulation and its moisture-resistant backing
- Making sure your hot water pipes, water heater, and furnace ducts are all insulated
- Inspecting and maintaining HVAC equipment and making replacements as needed
- Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives such as CFLs or LEDs
For specific information about how to perform the above do-it-yourself assessment, visit the do-it-yourself energy audit page at Energy.gov.
Professional Home Energy Audit
Following your do-it-yourself audit with a professional audit will help you get a more thorough picture of specific areas of energy loss and how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home. Using a certified professional home energy auditor to complete your audit will help ensure that no critical aspect of the inspection will be overlooked. HVAC contractors who participate in the ENERGY STAR Home Performance Program can be trusted to provide you with a comprehensive whole-house assessment that meets industry standards. They can also perform the energy efficiency improvements that will bring your home up to its optimal level of efficiency.
Professional energy assessors such as the team at Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. provide the following specific visual and technical assessments:
- Room-by-room visual inspection
- Evaluation of past utility costs via utility bills
- Blower door test
- Thermographic inspection
- PFT (Perfluorocarbon tracer gas) air infiltration measurement
- Air balancing
- Manual J, D and S calculations
These visual inspections and state-of-the-art technical assessments can help provide the level of accuracy you need to ensure that you’ve done all you can to prevent loss of conditioned air from your home. Call us today to find out how we can help you to maximize the energy efficiency of your Corpus Christi, TX, area home through a professional energy audit.
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