Perform Your Own Home Energy Audit, And Discover Ways To Save

Perform Your Own Home Energy Audit, And Discover Ways To Save

Perform Your Own Home Energy Audit, And Discover Ways To Save

Las Vegas Air Conditioning

Perform Your Own Home Energy Audit, And Discover Ways To Save

Las Vegas Air Conditioning

seal leaks after home energy audit, Las Vegas, Nevada A home energy audit helps you save energy by pinpointing the ways you’re losing it. High utility costs and low comfort level are mainly the result of a lack of information. A room-by-room audit fills in the blanks. A professional energy audit, done by an HVAC contractor with specialized technology, is the ultimate option. But if you’re a do-it-yourselfer with a free weekend, you can complete a simple audit and identify many of the more obvious energy-saving opportunities. Then you’ll be  prepared to make the informed decision to call in a professional or make repairs yourself. Here are the elements of a basic home energy audit:

Find the leaks
Up to 30 percent of home energy is lost through air leaks. Finding some of those leaks is as simple as following a draft to its source. For more subtle leaks, use a lit stick of incense and observe the smoke stream around the suspected leak. Check for leaks around door jambs and window sashes, along baseboards, around switch plates and electrical outlets and openings such as attic hatches and fireplace dampers. Outside, find locations where plumbing pipes and electrical wires penetrate exterior walls, and inspect the joint between bricks or siding and the home’s foundation.

Evaluate the insulation

Measure the depth of your attic insulation. Fiberglass insulation should be at least 11 inches deep, and cellulose loose-fill should be at least 8 inches deep. Check for a vapor barrier beneath the insulation to prevent water vapor infiltration. Wall insulation requires a professional for full evaluation, but you can sample it by switching off power to an AC outlet at the breaker box, removing the outlet plate and using a probe to pull some insulation out of the wall void behind the outlet.

Check the ducts
Deteriorating ductwork is a primary source of energy loss in many homes. Wherever ducts are accessible, check for disconnected segments, collapsed ducts or evidence of air leakage such as dust streaks around joints.

Since 2002, Las Vegas Air Conditioning has been Nevada’s source for household comfort and efficiency. Call us about a professional energy audit to take the X factors out of high utility costs.

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