Posts Tagged ‘Energy Audit’

Saving Money with a Home Energy Audit

Monday, June 12th, 2017

house-surrounded-by-rainbowWhen you hear “audit,” do you think about taxes? Most people do, and the word is definitely a bit scary in that sense. But there are many positive ways to use to word audit. It simply means “an official inspection by an independent body.” And there are parts of everyone’s life that could all use a review from an outside professional at some point.

This is what a home energy audit in all about. It’s a thorough inspection of how your home uses energy, from the insulation to the ductwork and appliances, done by experienced professionals. Although you can find some online guidelines for dong a home energy audit on your own, this isn’t recommended. It takes technicians who have the right equipment for testing a home’s thermal envelope and the training necessary to analyze the results. Professional auditors ensure you receive the right advice for how to improve your home energy performance. Call our team today to schedule a home energy audit. (more…)

Answering Questions about Furnace Efficiency Ratings (AFUE)

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Three lit furnace burnersOne of the most important services that we provide our customers is energy audits and home performance assessments. This is the “whole-house” approach to reducing utility bills, where our team finds spots where a home is wasting power and then offers solutions.

One place where we frequently find that a house is expending more energy than necessary is the heating system. Most households use a furnace for their heat, and older furnaces have much lower efficiency than newer ones. (Older furnaces will also lose efficiency because of basic wear and tear from age.) Our installers can replace an older furnace with one that has a higher AFUE rating, which is the standard measure of furnace energy efficiency. (more…)

Worried about Having Effective Winter Heating? Schedule an Energy Audit!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

It’s officially fall, and while our days are still pretty warm here in Hendersonville, NC, our nights are hitting the 50s and for some, the 40s. We’re at that time of year where it’s not quite heating season, but we are certainly preparing for it, and one of the best ways to make sure you won’t suffer from poor energy efficiency is to schedule an energy audit. The professionals at Comfort Central, Inc., can perform a home performance assessment, aka, a home energy audit, to help pinpoint any areas where you may be losing warm air. (more…)

Where Is My Home Losing Energy Efficiency?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

We’ve all experienced them: the cold spot in the kitchen, the draft coming in from that one window in the living room. They are the areas where your home just can’t seem to get warm (or cool), and it can drive you crazy wondering where else in your home you may be losing cooling or heating. As we head into the fall, now is a perfect time to schedule an energy audit in Waynesville to see exactly where you are losing energy efficiency. And with the help of Comfort Central, Inc., trained professionals, you can have a custom plan created to help you save energy this fall and winter.

What Is an Energy Audit?

A home energy audit is an assessment in which the energy efficiency of your home is evaluated using professional equipment, testing and analysis. At the end of the audit, you’ll be given a list of recommendations designed to help make your home as energy efficient as possible.

What Happens During an Energy Audit?

Here is an overview of what happens during a Comfort Central, Inc., energy audit:

Inspection

A technician will inspect your home utilizing a comprehensive check list. He/she will also ask you a series of questions to identify any significant areas of concern.  The technician will inspect your heating and cooling equipment, water heater, ductwork, insulation, windows, check for gas leaks and perform a Combustion Analysis.

Testing

The technician will conduct a series of highly advanced tests using state-of-the-art technology, such as thermal imaging, a blower door system, static pressure tests and/or flow hood.

Analysis and Recommendations

Utilizing the data collected during the inspection and testing phase, your technician will prioritize ways you can save on your energy costs. This information will be organized in a simple plan designed to help you efficiently manage the energy systems in your home.

We may still be enjoying warm weather, but that will soon be coming to an end. If making your home more energy efficient is a priority now and year-round, call Comfort Central, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for a professional energy audit for your Waynesville home.

What’s Involved in an Energy Audit?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Imagine your home as a energy system, which generates electricity and heat, and also gains and loses it from the outside. Through the process of a professionally conducted energy audit, you can find out how efficiently your home uses energy and how you to increase that efficiency.

An energy audit is a complex process that analyzes every aspect of your home, from air sealing and insulation to the heat created from home appliances to your HVAC system. Trained technicians use the information gleaned from inspections, high tech equipment, and asking you detailed questions about your energy use to pinpoint where a home can improve its overall efficiency.

Call Comfort Central, Inc. to schedule an energy audit in Arden, NC today. Our aim on every audit is to help you toward savings and a more comfortable home environment.

What Occurs During an Energy Audit?

The steps in an audit will vary from home to home. The early questions the auditors will ask a homeowner will help guide the process so they know what to target. There are a number of standard procedures for most audits, however.

The blower door test is key to finding where a home loses and gains heat through air leaks. A blower door is a device that seals onto the front door of a home and uses fans to draw air from inside the home to alter the pressure. Air then rushes in through any leaky spots in the home, and the auditors can use smoke pencils to determine where the house has the biggest issues with heat loss and gain.

The auditors will then use thermographic inspection to measure the surface temperature of a home; this will catch other areas of thermal loss not connected to escaping air.

The auditor will then do more point-specific inspections on the ventilation system and the insulation. The examination will look for breaks and leaks along the vents, as well as buildup of contamination and dirt and other obstructions that will cause energy waste. They will evaluate the insulation levels and the condition of the insulation.

The HVAC system will receive special attention, since a large amount of energy in a home goes to running heating and cooling; if these systems are wasting energy, they will need repairs or replacement.

The power used to run the lights of a home account for 10% of the electrical bills, so an audit will also examine places where a house could lower costs through better and more efficient lighting. The auditors will also examine the other major appliances to see how they could improve energy use.

If you do a basic on-line search, you will find instructions for how to perform a “do-it-yourself audit.” But these are insufficient, and you don’t need to take our word for it: the U.S. Department of Energy strongly recommends that you call professionals with the right equipment to do a complete job.

When you contact Comfort Central, Inc. to schedule and energy audit in Arden, NC, you’ll receive a comprehensive examination to cover heating and cooling, air filtration/distribution, and the home heat envelope. When we are finished, you’ll have the best idea what steps to take to make your home a model of energy efficiency.

Reasons to Consider an Energy Audit

Monday, April 7th, 2014

An energy audit consists of a thorough inspection of your home to determine what parts are energy efficient and what parts require a little help. It examines things like sunlight exposure from windows, the amount of insulation in your walls and attic, cracks around doors and windows, and the quality of your heating and air conditioning system to determine how efficiently your home uses energy.

Here are a few reasons to consider an energy audit in Hendersonville:

  • It will save you money: By pointing out spots where conditioned air is escaping and making suggestions on more efficient use of your home’s various systems, an energy audit can help you reduce monthly expenditures a great deal.
  • Investment in your home: Energy audits can uncover hidden problems in your home, such as mildew growth or a lack of proper ventilation. It can also help make your home more attractive to buyers, improving its resale value by emphasizing the energy savings a new owner will enjoy.
  • Improved home comfort: Drafts, cold spot, dirty ducts and other components can reduce the comfort levels in your home. An energy audit can show you how to correct those issues and make your home more comfortable.

The reasons to consider an energy audit in Hendersonville, NC are numerous, but there’s one company you can count on to do the job right. The experts at Comfort Central, Inc. can perform an energy audit on your home with professionalism and care. We’re ready to help you save more on your energy costs, so give us a call today!