Administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), EnergyStar Home Performance Evaluations offer you a whole-home approach to improving your home’s energy efficiency. The professional home energy audits are conducted by certified HVAC contractors who have been specially trained to identify sources of energy waste and recommend cost-effective solutions. By reducing the amount of energy that your home consumes, you’ll not only enjoy lower utility bills each month but a higher level of comfort as well.
How Is a Home Energy Audit Conducted?
Using specialized equipment, certified auditors examine the level of insulation in your home, from the seals around windows to the amount of insulation in the attic. Your home’s HVAC equipment and air distribution system are evaluated to determine their overall energy efficiency and efficacy. Auditors take into consideration behavioral factors too, taking note of your household’s specific heating and cooling demands.
At the end the home assessment, you’ll be presented with a detailed report listing the audit’s findings as well as remedial actions that can be taken to improve your home’s energy efficiency. The report prioritizes suggested improvements according to their costs and expected return on your investment through lower utility bills.
Why Do a Home Energy Audit?
If you’re planning on replacing your current HVAC equipment with a new heating or cooling system, a home energy audit will save you a significant amount of money. Sealing up all the gaps, leaks and weak insulation in your home will allow you to purchase a smaller, less expensive system. You’ll enjoy lower utility bills through the life of the system too. Home assessments can also help you improve the functionality of your existing system. Other benefits include:
- A more comfortable home environment. A quality audit will locate the source of any hot or cold spots in your home and show you what you can do to eliminate annoying drafts.
- Better air quality. If any member of your family suffers from asthma or allergies, audits can point out improvements that will help everyone breathe easier.
- Comfortable humidity levels. High humidity levels not only exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms but can promote the growth of mold and mildew that can damage your home’s structure as well. Audits identify ways to keep humidity levels under control.
- Savings! According to the DOE, the average American home wastes up to 40 percent of the energy that it takes to operate the home’s HVAC systems. You can expect to cut your energy bills dramatically by following the energy audit report’s recommendations.
As a proud participant in the Home Performance program, Commonwealth Cooling & Heating is pleased to offer quality home energy assessments. Our savvy technicians have the experience and expertise to address virtually any energy-wasting problem. Whether it’s preventative maintenance programs that ensure your current HVAC systems operate at peak efficiency or a brand new product, our goal is save you money while enhancing your comfort at home.