Homes with high utility bills need help to get them under control. The first step to getting where you need to go with energy savings is to determine where you are now. A home performance assessment establishes the baseline status of your home’s energy efficiency and points the way to making improvements.
An aging structure plus wear and tear on HVAC components happen gradually, frequently without noticeable red flags. Some heating and cooling contractors have specialized diagnostic equipment to probe deeper and document the system shortfalls that may be costing money today. Once you locate the weak links, energy savings and increased interior comfort are within reach.
When high utility bills need help, here’s how a home performance assessment comes to the rescue:
- Installed in an exterior door frame, a device called a blower door incorporates a powerful fan to depressurize the home. Airflow and air pressure are monitored to calculate the amount of air leaking into the home and the total amount of leakage area in square inches. Utilizing a smoke wand, the analyst can then reveal the location of leaks.
- In addition, a thermographic, infrared camera can depict heat energy conducted through the ceiling and walls of the home. Using these results, the technician can evaluate the level and quality of insulation inside walls and other structural cavities. The auditor may also physically sample the insulation through inconspicuous holes drilled in the wall in closets and other locations.
- Most homes outlive their original duct work. Leakage from joints and disconnected segments is a major source of wasted energy. Utilizing a blower door or blower attached directly to the ducts and pressure sensors inside, the auditor can determine the degree of leakage compared to the total airflow in the system and identify the location of leaks.
- After the audit, you'll receive a written report of recommended improvements prioritized by potential energy savings. As an added benefit, often additional suggestions to improve both health and safety of the home are also included in this report! You’re under no obligation to make any repairs.
Cleveland’s established source for local heating and cooling excellence, P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling offers home performance assessments to diagnose efficiency loss. We’re here for you when you need help bringing your high utility bills down.
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 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. 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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