Home Energy Audits in Baltimore, MD
Rather than focusing on a single problem such as an outdated heating or cooling system, inadequate insulation or drafty rooms, an energy audit can determine how improvements throughout your home can work together to improve the comfort, lower your energy use and ensure you’ve made the most energy efficient improvements.
In addition to the specific plan for your home, commonly recommended improvements for an energy efficient home include:
- Sealing air leaks and adding insulation – Along with sealing air leaks, which may be allowing cold or hot air to escape or penetrate your home’s envelope, we may recommend insulation. Many older homes are poorly insulated and some have no insulation at all. Properly installed insulation in attics, walls and floors provides more even temperatures throughout the house and results in a quieter, more comfortable living environment that is less costly to heat and cool.
- Sealing and insulating ductwork – Regardless of the thermostat setting, many homes have leaky ductwork and poor airflow, resulting in uncomfortable rooms. We may recommend sealing your home’s ducts with an air duct sealant (called mastic) and balancing the duct system to optimize airflow to all rooms. Insulating ductwork in attics and crawl spaces also can reduce energy usage and increase your home’s overall comfort.
- Improving heating and cooling systems – Heating and cooling your home can account for up to 50% of your home’s energy use. If your heat pump, furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, we may recommend replacing it with a unit that is ENERGY STAR qualified and properly sized. Installed correctly, high efficiency units can help you save on heating and cooling costs. Such a unit will make your home more comfortable year-round by providing more consistent temperatures and better humidity control regardless of changing outdoor temperatures.
- Fixing your combustion equipment – We will also test the combustion equipment in your home, such as your furnace and hot water heater, to ensure that it operates and vents properly and recommend repair or replacement if test results indicate either is needed. If applicable, we will conduct a carbon monoxide reading on ovens and other areas to further test the safety of your home.
- Upgrading lighting and appliances – Energy used for lighting and appliances can account for 25% of your home’s total energy consumption. As a result, we may recommend ENERGY STAR qualified products, such as refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners and compact fluorescent light bulbs. An energy efficient hot water heating system may also be recommended.