A Professional Energy Evaluation Will Show You How To Keep Your Cool
The residents of Florida’s Suncoast know how important their cooling system is, especially when battling searing temperatures. Unfortunately, trying to keep cool during the summer months can take a toll on your monthly budget when your home is not as energy efficient as possible. Fortunately, a home energy evaluation can help lower your cooling costs and keep your HVAC unit running efficiently.
What is an energy evaluation?
When performed by a qualified and trusted HVAC company, an energy evaluation will provide you with detailed information on where your home is losing energy and what you can do to rectify the problem. The technician will utilize professional equipment and perform several tests to locate any problems in your home that may be leading to air loss, which in turn raises your utility bills. For example, HVAC technicians generally perform a blower door test and a thermographic scan to help determine potentially problematic areas. The HVAC tech will also look over your past cooling bills to help determine the potential problem. Once the technician completes the thorough evaluation, he will create a detailed report, which will explain where your problem areas are, how to correct the problem and make your home more energy efficient.
Do-it-yourself energy evaluation
There are a few simple energy evaluation tests you can perform yourself. To begin the DIY energy evaluation, check the areas where air loss is generally found. For example, the gaps between doors and windows can cause drafts, which can increase your energy costs by as much as 30 percent a year. Fireplaces, outlets, ductwork, baseboards, foundation and switch plates are common locations for air loss. Even though the DIY energy audit will get you started to increasing your home’s energy efficiency, it should never take the place of a professional energy audit. A professional energy audit will provide you with a complete and detailed report that you cannot achieve without a qualified HVAC professional.
For more information about energy evaluation, contact the HVAC, swimming pool and spa experts at Symbiont Services Corp. We proudly serve Florida Suncoast homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy evaluations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.