Everyone knows the routine, once a month you’ll get a bill in the mail or email telling you what you owe for the month due to your electricity usage. Many of us simply look at the bill quickly and then pay the balance. Yet you’re also starting to notice that the bill seems to be going up consistently but you can’t figure out exactly why, and that’s why it’s always ideal to consider a home energy assessment. Using energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment and other appliances will help you save energy and spend less on your monthly bill.
What exactly is a home energy assessment?
When implemented by a professional, a home energy assessment will look at your entire home and build a report showing overall energy usage. It considers every single room in the house, how it’s set up, what the insulation looks like, and the type of weather year-round. After getting a good snapshot of how your home is built, you can properly analyze your overall energy use.
What type of equipment can be used for an energy assessment?
Numerous tools will be used to detect abnormalities in the home energy assessment. These can range from moisture meters to infrared cameras to mobile carbon monoxide detectors. By using these types of equipment and others, professionals can assess if certain rooms have energy inefficiencies.
In addition, checking the equipment that uses up the most energy consistently, such as the heaters, air conditioning units, dishwashers, washing machines, and so on, helps to ensure they are correctly working and as efficient as possible.
What could professionals recommend for improving home energy efficiency?
The first step comes with identifying what consumes the most energy, and that’s usually the major appliances. Next, replacing any older appliances that use a significant amount of energy with energy-efficient appliances and using the correct settings to maximize the energy usage through these appliances. This, of course, comes with a recommendation to install a smart thermostat that helps to manage the entire home during the winter and summer months by maintaining a set temperature range.
What are some DIY aspects that can be done?
Be proactive and always make sure that all heating/cooling equipment is working as it should. For example, if you’re in one room versus another and it seems like a drastically different temperature, or if you notice that your appliances need constant repair, or are making strange noises, contact us, and we’ll be glad to come in and give you a professional home assessment.
What happens if I do nothing?
By waiting and doing nothing, appliances that consume a lot of energy will continue to deteriorate and consume more. This will lead to your devices needing to be replaced while you’re still managing surging electricity costs. However, with some patience and routine check-ins with your equipment, you’ll be able to spot ahead of time if there’s a serious problem brewing and schedule that appointment with professionals for the assessment or initial repairs.
Save with Energy Efficient Heating Equipment
We’re seeing some volatile energy costs happening, with no end in sight. It’s important to keep to a modest budget and not burn through cash to pay for utilities when regular equipment maintenance alone could save you a significant amount annually. You’ll thank yourself later when the utility bill starts to lower or, at the least, remain stable.