A home energy audit is a professional, in-depth, whole-house way to identify where your home is inefficient. It narrows down and finds the sources that make your home uncomfortable and are affecting your energy bills. Addressing these issues and fixing them can help lower your energy bills. DeVere Insulation Home Performance provides comprehensive residential energy audits for homeowners in Baltimore, MD. We conduct a thorough examination of your home by tracking your home’s energy performance and energy efficiency. Our audit will reveal concealed energy leaks and even unhealthy conditions that could reduce your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, and safety.
After we conduct our energy audit, we will provide you with a summary of our findings. We will discuss problem areas and how we can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency to make it safer, healthier, more comfortable, and more environmentally efficient.
Do I Need an Energy Audit?
A professional energy audit identifies key problem areas in your home and how to fix them. Fixing these areas can reduce your energy bills and create a safer, more comfortable living environment. If you have experienced any of the following issues in your home, you may benefit from an energy audit from DeVere Insulation Home Performance:
- High energy bills
- Drafty rooms and windows
- High levels of dust
- Some rooms are warmer/colder than others
- Dry indoor air in the winter
- Cold floors in the winter
- Exterior paint peeling
- Moisture on your windows
- Your heating/cooling system is constantly turning on and off
Comprehensive Look at Your Home
Rather than focusing on a single problem such as an outdated heating or cooling system, inadequate insulation, or drafty rooms, an energy audit can determine how improvements throughout your home can work together to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. During our energy audit we will inspect elements and areas around your home such as:
- A brief interview about your concerns and noticed problem areas
- Attic and insulation inspection
- Interior examination
- Blower door and thermal imaging tests
- Basement and crawl space inspection
- Moisture and humidity testing
- The recommended plan of action to remedy issues
Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
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 which can result in uncomfortable rooms. We may recommend sealing your home’s HVAC ducts with an air duct sealant 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 ten years old, we may recommend replacing it with a unit that is ENERGY STAR qualified and properly sized. Installed correctly, high efficiency units can 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 water heater, to ensure they operate and vent properly. If issues are uncovered, we will recommend repair or replacement. 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 up to 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.
Contact Us Today
Energy audits are performed by independent professionals. Looking for an energy audit? Contact us for assistance. We’ll help you schedule your home’s energy audit in Baltimore, allowing you to get better energy efficiency, a more comfortable home, and lower energy bills.