Improve Household Energy Efficiency Before Colder Weather Sets In — Schedule An Energy Evaluation

If you have noticed a recent climb in your energy costs, just wait until winter gets here; you’ll start to see them skyrocket. The best way to put an end to these unnecessary costs is to have an HVAC expert perform an energy evaluation so that they can determine the cause of the problem and help you implement solutions that will put an end to them.  Do it now before winter arrives so that you will not only cut heating costs, but maximize your comfort as well.

At the beginning of your energy evaluation, be sure to tell your energy auditor about any specific problems you are experiencing. This will help them focus on solutions for those while also looking for other problems.  They begin by inspecting the inside and outside of your home to look for areas that are common problems.

One of the most common tests used to find air leaks that drain your efficiency is a blower-door test. In this, a large fan is mounted to a doorframe and activated to suck all the air out of the house. As your inside air pressure drops, air will seep in from the outside. Using a smoke pencil, the auditor can pinpoint spots where leaks are occurring.

These are often used in conjunction with thermographic scans. These utilize infrared video to visualize what parts of your house are warmer or cooler than others. Differences in temperature often point toward a need for extra insulation.

Your audit likely will not result in suggestions that require you to make drastic lifestyle changes; most will be simple and affordable adjustments that will make immediate and noticeable differences. For example, many homes have leaky ductwork that can cause you to lose up to 20 percent of your conditioned air before it ever reaches your living spaces. These can be patched up with duct mastic if they’re in accessible locations.

To schedule an energy evaluation for your home, contact CR Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning today.  We have served the Middleton area since 1945.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

CR Wolfe Heating services Middletown, NY. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!      

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