You can catch the easy energy savings mistakes on your own. But there’s some big ones only pros can find. Learn more in this post from Payless Power.
What do you get when you talk to most HVAC contractors?
They want to sell you a new AC system, a furnace, or a maintenance plan for the ones you already have.
There’s nothing wrong with doing that.
But they might be missing out on some other important areas of efficiency in your home that need to be checked.
That’s where a professional home energy audit comes in.
You see, you can be doing everything else right – turning down the AC when you’re not home, using a programmable thermostat, having energy-efficient appliances – but still be quite inefficient.
What a Good Home Energy Audit Checks
Not every home energy audit is the same.
But whoever you do use should check for things like:
- The quality of the insulation (if any) in your attic
- The number of air returns throughout your home
- Whether the AC/furnace you have is the right size for your home
- How well your attic/home’s air envelope is sealed
So rather than just sell you a new AC unit, which may improve your efficiency a little, they check for all of these other factors that could affect your home’s energy efficiency. And they make a huge difference in your energy – sometimes 20%, 30%, or even much more than that!
And you should have this done even if you own a brand new home. In many cases, contractors cut corners on how they build new homes to increase their profit margins. Even homes that are supposed to be the “model of efficiency” can in reality be highly inefficient!
For whatever reason, home energy audits don’t get marketed heavily and aren’t as well known in the general public.
But as you can see, they can make quite a difference for many homes. They also often pay back for themselves within the year (but no guarantees here).
In some cases, they’re totally free too, so you’ve got nothing to lose by having one performed.
We don’t have professional relationships with other organizations that offer these, so we can’t advise who you should use to do this task.
However, you can visit the Texas Home Energy Rating Organization website (or call them at 512.445.5538) to find contractors local to your area who perform these audits.
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