Everyone knows adding green features such as argon-filled windows to your home can increase its energy efficiency, but it can be hard to determine exactly how much of an increase you’ll see. If you want to optimize your home’s energy efficiency, you’ll need a more accurate estimate, and the only way to get one is with a professional energy audit.
With the weather getting chillier, now is a great time to schedule an energy audit. The home inspection experts at Optima Home Inspections list below some other reasons why fall is an ideal time to get an energy audit.
Avoid the Winter Rush
Drafty windows and air leaks may not be that much of a problem in the cool autumn weather, but once the mercury drops below zero you’ll start to notice heating issues in your home. By that time, however, you might find it hard to schedule an energy audit, as winter is usually the busiest season for home inspection companies.
Optimize Your Heating System
Even if your home doesn’t have any major heating issues, it’d still be a good idea to schedule an energy audit. Heating units tend to get less efficient as they age, and an energy audit can tell you whether or not it makes financial sense to replace your unit.
Discover Hidden Leaks
Another thing to consider is that your heating system might not be the only problem—there could be hidden gaps in doors, windows or insulation. Also, don’t underestimate the potential savings you can achieve as a result of fixing such issues. The average American homeowner can reduce their utility bill by as much as 30%, an average of $500 per year, by addressing these problems.
Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
After an energy audit of your home is performed, the inspectors should provide you with a detailed report containing recommendations on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency. In each audit, our inspectors collect over 40 data points related to home energy, then use an advanced energy calculator developed by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency.
If you want to learn more about how you can make your home more energy efficient, you can talk to one of our InterNACHI-certified contractors. In addition to energy audits, we also offer roof replacement services. Call us at (845) 849-1369 or leave us a message here to get started.