If you feel you're paying too much for heating and cooling, scheduling an energy audit can get you on track toward lowering those bills. An audit will show you exactly how to improve your home's efficiency so you can pay less to stay comfortable during the often challenging Greater Cleveland area's weather.
Getting Your Savings Started
During an energy audit, a technician will assess your energy use and suggest options for reducing it. Depending on how efficient your home is currently, making the recommended improvements could cut your energy bills by five to 30 percent.
To start, the auditor will interview you and walk through your home to collect efficiency-related data. You may be asked about your insulation type, weatherproofing, how many residents there are, and their lifestyle habits. For this interview, having the past 12 months' of energy bills on hand can be really beneficial to track down the maximum savings.
Rigorous Tests for Accurate Results
During the energy audit, your technician will use specialized equipment to determine where your home might be losing energy.
- Thermographic Inspection -- This test involves taking video or still images of your home with an infrared camera. The images show hot and cold spots in different colors, which helps identify points of heat loss or gain. The results let you know where you should add insulation. For example, by upgrading your roof insulation as needed, you stand to reduce your heating bills at least five percent
- Blower Door Test -- This test pinpoints air leaks in your home that waste conditioned air and create uncomfortable drafts. A large fan is used to lower indoor air pressure, exaggerating air leaks so they're easy to find and measure. Caulking or weatherstripping these leaks helps minimize energy loss.
- Other Tools and Tests -- Your technician may also bring a moisture meter to check for humidity problems, a watt meter to measure your appliances' electricity use, and a combustion analyzer to check your furnace for fuel combustion issues.
To schedule your energy audit or get reliable advice on boosting your home's energy efficiency, contact us at P.K. Wadsworth anywhere in the Greater Cleveland area.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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