Energy evaluations are an extremely effective technique for finding out where you are using and losing the greatest amount of energy in your home. Energy evaluations, sometimes called energy audits, give you information about your home’s efficiency that you can act on immediately to improve the building’s seal, reduce energy use, and trim your monthly expenses.
A professional energy auditor will employ several different sensors and testing devices during energy evaluations to determine how well your home is sealed and insulated from energy loss. This equipment can include surface thermometers that can pinpoint where internal and external walls are warmer or cooler than they should be, given the season and effectiveness of your HVAC system. Auditors also use efficiency meters that test the efficiency level of your home heating and cooling systems to see if they are experiencing energy loss.
Two of the more informative tests conducted during energy evaluations are:
- Blower door test: Also called an infiltrometer test, this procedure determines how well sealed, or airtight, your home is. The main component of the test is a large fan that is mounted in a door leading to your home’s exterior. When the fan is turned on, air is pulled out of your house, causing the indoor air pressure to fall. The auditor then locates areas where outside air is entering the house through cracks and openings that would not otherwise be visible. With this test, an auditor can find every source of energy loss in your home.
- Thermographic scan: Thermographic scanning uses infrared video and photography to check surface temperatures on walls, roofs, ceilings and other structural components. The scanning can be done both inside and outside of your home. The infrared images reveal where heat and energy is being lost at any spot within the images.
Almost six decades of experience make AirRite Air Conditioning Company, Inc. one of the most trusted sources of home heating and cooling services in Fort Worth, Arlington, and neighboring Texas communities. Contact us today for more information on the benefits of energy evaluations or to schedule a professional energy audit for your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy evaluations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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