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Home Energy Assessment: Why You Need One

It's easy to read about energy efficiency tips and tricks, but implementing them may be disappointing if your utility bills don't drop. Although you may want to achieve electric bill savings with minimal costs, it is important to recognize that some steps may produce more dramatic results than others. In some cases, there will be proportional costs to implement those steps. For example, a high-efficiency AC unit could dramatically reduce cooling costs. However, the expense of a new system may not be in your current budget. With a home energy assessment, you can proceed with energy efficiency measures based on scientific information.

Guess and Check - Random Measures Produce Unreliable Results

It's not a bad idea to implement low-cost energy efficiency steps in your home. However, a random approach may provide unreliable results. A home energy assessment pinpoints issues such as air leak locations, allowing you to focus sealing efforts on areas where needs are most significant. Your energy evaluation also involves a calculation of heating and cooling loads so that your equipment sizing can be compared to your needs. You may be trying to eliminate energy loss when your equipment isn't capable of providing enough heating or cooling activity regardless of your management of leaks. Enlisting a knowledgeable professional to conduct an evaluation will pinpoint the most significant issues and allow you to prioritize.

Unseen Energy Loss Locations

With a home performance evaluation, you may become aware of energy loss issues that you never suspected. For example, your ducts may be driving up those cooling costs because of leaks, holes and other damaged areas. Because you can't see the interior of the circuit, you may assume that everything is fine. However, an energy assessment is ideal in that the airflow can be tested as your HVAC equipment operates, allowing you to obtain factual information about energy loss levels.

Eliminate the Obvious

If you've addressed obvious areas of improvement and achieved little benefit in electric bill savings, your home energy assessment can delve deeper into the structural and system issues affecting your residence. The roofing system could be a concern, especially if you have old or weathered materials in place. The condition of your attic may play a role in poor comfort control and high costs. While you may have sufficient insulation in place, a trained HVAC professional may be able to identify problems like excessive insulation or restricted ventilation.

You may intuitively realize that window coverings help in reducing energy loss and lowering electric bills. However, your HVAC professional may be able to explain the level of energy loss experienced because of your windows and explain which window coverings offer the greatest options in combating high bills. Your contractor can partner with you to ensure that your efforts achieve maximum results.

Understanding Prompts Action

One of the most valuable insights achieved during an energy assessment may be the impact of preventive care in reducing energy consumption. You may be surprised to see how much dirt, dander and other materials accumulate in your air handler. Isn't the filter supposed to prevent that material from getting into the area? While your basic maintenance efforts play a role, professional maintenance can make a huge difference in energy usage. Your assessment can provide an overview of how your equipment is performing in its current state, and your contractor can provide you with a comparison of expected improvements when regular maintenance is performed.

Local HVAC Solutions and Understanding

It is important to work with an HVAC professional who understands not only air conditioning efficiency concerns but also the climate conditions affecting home performance in your community. Texas Air Comfort can help you to locate a professional who is familiar with your neighborhood's issues and HVAC needs.

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