Energy Evaluations — Do-It-Yourself Versus Professional

Energy Evaluations -- Do-It-Yourself Versus ProfessionalWinters in New York State can be cold enough to make you want to stay inside and never leave. So it can be a huge advantage, come wintertime, to have a heating system that fills your house with warm air and makes you feel comfortable. However, it’s also important to know that your heating system is not leaking heat and that your house is not losing energy. That’s why it’s important to do your own energy evaluation, but to also  hire a professional energy auditor to come out to your residence and provide an assessment.

An energy evaluation can help you assess the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, show you ways to preserve electricity, and identify any areas where your house might be losing energy. This can be anything from leaky ducts to poorly sealed windows and doors, to places where warm air is escaping through plumbing and electrical openings. You can correct most of these issues yourself, with weatherstripping, caulk or other materials. You can also improve energy efficiency by installing a programmable thermostat, as well as buying energy-efficient lighting and appliances.

The do-it-yourself evaluation, however, won’t find every instance of energy loss in your home. For an in-depth energy evaluation, schedule a professional energy auditor to come to your home. An auditor will evaluate the exterior and interior condition of your home, examining the condition of your home’s insulation, measuring the extent of leaks around the exterior perimeter, and use infrared cameras to identify problem areas that are undetectable to the human eye.

It’s vitally important to have an energy-efficient home all year round. When the winter snow starts to fall in the Middletown area, it can put your mind at ease knowing that your home is running efficiently without breaking the bank. To increase your home’s energy efficiency and optimize your comfort, contact us at CR Wolfe Heating andAir Conditioning for an energy assessment today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy evaluation 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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