Getting a home energy audit is a crucial step in maintaining the energy efficiency of your home. This service is usually done by a professional, who uses equipment, such as infrared cameras, scanners and blower doors, to evaluate the energy efficiency of your house, particularly related to the heating and cooling appliances. Here are a few things that you can expect during your home energy audit.
Usually the first part of a home energy audit is a visual inspection. This is especially good for unfinished spaces of the house like crawlspaces, basements, and attics. The inspection will look at the insulation, windows, and doors as well as the foundation, roof, siding, and any overhangs for signs of damage that could pose a health or safety issue.
The temperatures in your house are often the best indicator of where energy is being wasted. A professional auditor will use an infrared camera that can visually display temperature differences. They will check the walls for any temperature fluctuations that could be a sign of air leaks.
A professional auditor will above all want to hunt down any drafts in your home, which are a sure sign of energy waste. They will use one or two different types of blowers to measure these drafts. The blower door test will measure draft levels while the smoke puffer test tells them which direction the draft is blowing.
Some other things your home energy auditor will evaluate the performance of your heater in a Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) test, as well as testing your gas pipes to see that they are not leaking. They will also want to conduct a carbon monoxide test during their inspection.
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