Questions To Ask When Conducting A Home Energy Audit

If you have noticed that your home energy bill is higher than what it normally is, it may be time to conduct an energy audit of your home. If you have never conducted a home energy audit before, think of the following questions while you walk through your home's interior:

What Parts of the Home Are Being Used or Not Used?

Think about all the areas inside your home. Do you have any spaces that are uninsulated that you are trying to heat, such as a garage or an office? Trying to heat or cool uninsulated rooms is a never-ending effort with little success. This could be a major part of your energy hike.

Is There a Thermal Boundary?

A thermal boundary, by definition, is the area around the shell of a building where the insulation and the air come into contact. The insulation then works to resist the leakage of air. It separates the warm air inside from the cold outdoor air. It will vary from home to home based on the design.

Are There Any Major Holes Where Air Can Get In Or Out?

Look all around the home for places where air can escape or get inside the house. These are not necessarily defective areas. Look for all the holes where plumbing is installed, electrical fixtures, or the hot water pump. If these areas are not properly sealed, they are going to be a problem for your energy bill.

Do Any Aspects of the Home Come From Outside?

This may seem very confusing. This simply refers to things like chimneys, windows that protrude or include a window seat, or any other element that protrudes from the house. Fireplaces that run from the lowest level to the highest and through the ceiling can be the source of a major funnel of air that can easily escape.

If you have an older home, the answer to these questions may help you understand where all of your air is getting in or out. To get an accurate accounting from an energy audit, you should hire a professional home energy auditor with professional equipment to inspect your home. They have specialized equipment, including cameras, blowers, and duct blasters that can find more energy leaks than what is visible to the naked eye. If you need assistance finding a home energy auditor, call your power company to see if they have one available or can recommend someone who specializes in home renovation insulation in your local area.