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Benefits of a Home Energy Inspection (in Your Houston Home)

A home energy inspection (also referred to as an audit) is helpful for a variety of reasons. It can help improve your home’s energy efficiency, lower your energy bills and increase the comfort level of your household. Advances in technology have made it easier than ever to make energy improvements, so an inspection can help to identify the areas they would most benefit.

A professional auditor will check your home for leaks, examine the insulation, inspect your HVAC and ductwork and find other problem areas that are wasting energy. They will conduct a room-by-room examination of your home as well as a review of your past utility bills. Would new windows or more insulation help keep your home better insulated? Is the crack in the back door a problem area? An audit can answer those questions.

If you have been thinking about scheduling an audit but are still aren’t sure, we’ve compiled a list of benefits:

  • Lower Utility Bills (and Increased Energy Savings) – How much energy is wasted every day through leaks, cracks and insufficient insulation? Cost-effective improvements to your home could drastically lower your monthly utility bills.
  • Increased Home Resale Value – Making the improvements suggested by your auditor will ensure that your home’s resale value is higher. A more energy-efficient and comfortable home is more attractive to potential buyers.
  • Improved Comfort – An energy audit can help improve the comfort level of your home. Keeping the temperatures at desirable levels – and getting rid of drafts and stuffy rooms will help.
  • Discovery of Hidden Problems – Your home could have several hidden problems that could potentially lead to expensive repairs. Poor ventilation could lead to mold problems.
  • Good for the Environment – By using less energy, you’ll be reducing the carbon footprint of your home.
  • Government Incentives – There are often government incentives (state specific) when making upgrades after an energy audit. Check with your auditor about potential tax incentives and rebate offers.

Before setting up an energy audit with a company, you should take the following precautions:

  • Always contact the Better Business Bureau and inquire about any complaints.
  • Get several references and make sure that they were satisfied with the work.
  • Ask your auditor if they use a calibrated blower door (a machine used to measure the airtightness of buildings). This is an essential tool and should be used for every energy audit.
  • Also, ask if they perform thermographic inspections. This is another important component and a red flag if the auditor doesn’t offer this as part of the assessment.

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