You’ve decided to have an energy audit or home performance assessment done at your home. Good for you! There is no better way to identify specific areas that can be improved to increase your health, comfort, safety and energy efficiency. Finally, you can get an understanding of:
- what really needs to be addressed in your home.
- what project has the best payback.
- in what order should the projects be addressed.
There are four things you can do to prepare for and get the most from the process:
- Plan to provide access to all accessible crawlspaces and attic hatches in the home. Your consultant will need to access all of these areas so it will save time if items stored near them are moved out of the way ahead of time.
- Notify your consultant in advance if you think you might have any potential asbestos sources in your home. These could include things like vermiculite insulation and asbestos pipe wrap insulation.
- Don’t use any wood burning fireplaces 48 hours prior to the audit. You should also thoroughly clean all ashes from the fireplace. The depressurization process used to identify air leaks in your home can cause this ash to be sucked into the home.
- This is a fantastic opportunity to really learn about how your home is working or not working. Be prepared to be present and engaged for the 3-4 hours of testing — it will be well worth your time. So often clients comment that had they known what they would see they would have had more family members present for the process. The auditor will be bringing thousands of dollars worth of diagnostic equipment and training to bear on your home in a way that you likely have never seen before!
Need more information about home performance assessments and improvements? The experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling are happy to answer your questions. We also have informative videos you can view on our website.
Kim Nemecek is a marketing professional with P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.