This time of year, the word “audit” can induce the worry of getting some sort of big scary envelope from the IRS. But it’s also a great time of the year to talk about home energy audits.
Home energy audits are a home performance assessment performed by specialists who can tell you where your home is losing energy. Windows, doors, attics, basements, and other areas where your home may be missing insulation could be costing you energy efficiency. In the long run, this could be costing you a lot of money as heat or cool air leak out of your home instead of staying indoors and keeping you comfortable.
A professional home energy audit looks at everything in your home from top to bottom. Here at Climate Control Heating and Cooling, our experts make use of specialized equipment such as blowers that depressurize the air inside your home, infrared cameras, and, of course, human data analysts who can make sense of the findings.
How do you know if you need a home energy audit? Well, it’s a good preventive measure to take every so often, but you especially need to schedule a home energy audit if you’re finding it’s increasingly difficult to heat or cool your home during the year, or are seeing strange increases in the costs of heating or cooling your home in your utility bills. Hot spots or cold spots throughout the house can also be a good indicator that it’s time to give someone a call.
When you get a home energy audit you’ll find out why it’s annoyingly difficult to keep your house cool enough in the summer, or why you’re wearing three sweaters and two pairs of socks all winter long even though your central heating and cooling system seems to be running. You’ll be able to take immediate and specific action so that the results are as quick as possible. It’s impossible to fix what you don’t know is broken, so rather than suffer being uncomfortable in your own home, or grumble over the utility bill each month, get a home energy audit from Climate Control Heating and Cooling.
So, after this audit, what will you have to do? Solutions may be as simple as going around your home with a caulk gun to seal up leaks around windows, doors, or siding. Of course, it’s possible you may need larger investments, such as adding new insulation or siding to your home, or replacing windows with double-paned glass, or getting new doors. But in the end, if you plan on staying in your home, those improvements will save you money in the long run—and even if you’re thinking of selling, you’re adding a lot of value to your home when you make it more energy-efficient. It’ll also make it a lot more pleasant to live in your home while you’re still there!
The benefits of an energy audit aren’t just limited to physical comfort, however. When you understand what’s going on in your home, you’ll also have peace of mind. You’ll know about any small problems before they become big problems, such as fixing a ventilation problem before it results in a costly mold or mildew infestation. That’s just one example!
Here at Climate Control Heating and Cooling in Kansas City, we’re energy experts. Call our specialists to audit your home’s energy profile and stay cooler this summer and warmer next weekend.
Spring is a great time to schedule a home energy audit. Call Climate Control Heating and Cooling today at (816) 781-1997 and we’ll figure out how to make your home an energy-efficient oasis!