Pumpkin patches, apple cider, Halloween costumes, and energy audits. No, this is not a game of “one of these things is not like the other.” These are all great things to do this fall in Austin!
As the temperatures start to drop, now is the time to get an exact picture of where your home performance has lapsed and what areas may be in need of repair before you are left in the cold this coming winter.
An energy audit home assessment is not only a preventative measure but also a financially smart move. First, it’s free when you go with Green Collar Operations. Second, the earlier you can boost your home’s energy efficiency, the more money you can keep in your own pocket as your home stays warm, cozy and comfortable throughout the year.
What Is an Energy Audit?
Maintaining and upgrading your home comfort appliances (heater/furnace, air conditioner, any associated ductwork, and insulation) is best done when you have a clear picture of how your home is performing. And when you don’t, it is like taking stabs in the dark at what will increase your home comfort and lower your energy bills. These blind upgrades leave you vulnerable to unexpected heating and cooling appliance breakdowns.
With an energy audit from the Austin, TX home performance specialists at Green Collar Operations, you gain a thorough understanding of exactly what your home needs in order to perform at its best. We do this with with a 45-minute full home assessment, using scientific, diagnostic equipment in a series of tests, such as:
Blower Door Test
Blower door tests determine exactly how much air leakage there is in your home. Your energy auditor will close all the windows in your home and attach a temporary fan to the front door. This fan pulls air from inside your home to create negative pressure and pull outside air in through air leaks. Sensors in the fan give a reading of how air tight (or not-so airtight) your home is.
Sealing these air leaks prevents any unwanted air from infiltrating your home and negatively affecting your indoor air quality. It also may be time to remove your old insulation, which should be left to the pros!
The remainder of your energy audit will be spent assessing your heating and cooling equipment for any inefficiencies, or excessive wear and tear that could lead to a winter breakdown. Recommendations after this inspection can include upgrading to more efficient heating and cooling equipment or re-designing and replacing leaky ductwork.
Conserve Energy and Save Yourself the Headache
Green Collar Operations has been voted one of the the top home energy efficiency companies in the nation, six years in a row. And if you live in the Austin, TX area, we are only a phone call away! Understanding how you can conserve energy, avoid a winter furnace headache and save money on energy costs year round will only cost you a phone call and a 45-minute, free home energy audit. Are you selling your home? We also do ECAD audits!