All but the newest, most airtight homes can benefit from energy-efficiency improvements to help them better handle Northwest Arkansas’ summer heat and frequent storms. The problem for many homeowners is knowing exactly where to make those improvements. An energy audit helps you decide which steps to take for the greatest future savings.
How an Energy Audit Benefits You
By hiring a heating and cooling professional to perform an energy audit and following through on the home improvement recommendations you receive, you’ll see a number of benefits.
Lower energy bills – Air leaks around your home waste your conditioned air while letting in outdoor air. Areas with too little insulation allow heat to radiate out in winter and into your home in summer. By finding and sealing air leaks and adding insulation where needed, your furnace and air conditioner won’t have to work so hard and your energy expenses will fall.
Greater comfort – Blocking air leaks stops uncomfortable drafts. It also improves your indoor air quality by keeping dust, pollen, and other contaminants out of your home. By improving the insulation in your walls, you’ll be able to sit closer to them in winter.
Fewer future problems – An audit can turn up issues that could impair your comfort, threaten your health or put your home at risk for damage, such as insufficient ventilation or mold growth.
What Your Technician Will Do
Your technician will use specialized equipment to check critical areas of your home.
Assess air leakage – To help you know where to caulk and weatherstrip, your technician will perform a blower door test using a large fan fit in an exterior door.
Find insulation trouble spots – Your technician will use an infrared camera to photograph your home. The images will show points of heat loss or gain, indicating areas that may need more insulation.
Size up your appliances – If you could save by upgrading to a new Energy Star-qualified furnace A/C, refrigerator or other appliance, your technician will let you know.
Ready to schedule your energy audit today? Then contact us at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal in Northwest Arkansas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy audits and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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