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What’s an Energy Audit and Why Should Your Home Have One Soon?

digital-thermostatEven when an air conditioner makes it through a summer with little trouble, your monthly bills throughout the season can be quite high. While you’re happy that your air conditioner is functioning well, it drains energy, and it might seem like you have to shut it off completely if you want to try to save money.

There are better ways. An energy audit is an investment in the future of your air conditioner and the energy efficiency of your home.

How a professional energy audit works

An energy audit is a service offered by some local HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) contractors in order to help you figure out why your air conditioner is not working as efficiently as it should. Energy audits involve a thorough assessment of your home, not just the air conditioning system itself (although an inspection is usually included).

Here’s what you can expect when a technician assesses your home for an energy audit.

  • An evaluation of the insulation in your home.
  • Overview of your current energy spending and habits.
  • Airflow measurements.
  • Indoor and outdoor unit inspections.
  • Ductwork inspections.

Taking the next steps

After testing and inspections of your HVAC equipment, insulation, ductwork, and more, your technician will report back to you about the findings. They might find that you need to make some changes around the home, big or small, if you want to improve the amount of energy used with each cycle and how comfortable you feel.

  • Adding blown-in insulations.
  • Sealing the ducts.
  • Cleaning the ductwork.
  • Adding indoor air quality equipment.
  • Sealing minor air leaks around doors and windows.
  • Updating or replacing AC equipment.

In any case, you should take the initiative to schedule these services with your technician and make sure your home is more efficient for many years to come. Do this before the summer, so that you don’t have to deal with efficiency problems all season long.

Get your energy audit in Alpharetta, GA today. For all your air conditioning needs, call the experts—Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

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