Stay Warm this Winter with a Home Energy Check-up
Now that we’ve seen the first, big snowfall of the year, your house is probably moaning and groaning about the cold and wet as much as you are. And of course, you want to make sure your home keeps your family safe, warm, and sound through the long winter. That’s why now is the perfect time to order a home energy check-up for winter prep.
The cooler temperatures we’ll see between now and when sub-zero sets in are ideal for using thermal imaging to see what’s literally slipping between the cracks in your home. This helps show where heat and energy are leaking out, making your systems work harder, and costing you money.
What to Expect
A professional home energy auditor like All American Heating will fully inspect your home, covering points like:
- The exterior envelope, which consists of the windows, doors, and any other openings through which heat and energy might escape. Thermal imaging combined with blower door diagnostic testing can identify any leaks and show how much air your home is losing.
- Insulation levels – infrared cameras can identify areas with missing, insufficient, or inadequate insulation. This will help your contractor recommend where additional insulation or changes in airflow might be most effective.
- HVAC Systems – Your auditor should carefully examine your home’s heating and cooling systems, and your water heater. These should be evaluated with regard to their age, performance capabilities, efficiency levels, and longevity. Cleaning, repairs, or replacement may be needed, as well as upgrades or changes to the air filters you’re using.
- Air Quality – Your home energy professional will also test for the presence of potentially dangerous gases in your home, like carbon monoxide and radon, as well as other indoor contaminants like mold or allergens. They’ll suggest actions or tools like carbon monoxide detectors that can help keep you and your family safe. As for allergens, this is another area where a higher-grade air filter can help, or you can install an energy recovery ventilator to help improve the air quality in your home.
The Big Picture
By scheduling your home energy check-up for winter prep, you can help ensure that your home is operating at maximum efficiency. It will also help make sure that your family is safe and warm all winter. Finally, you’ll know that your house will hold up to the elements of a Colorado winter. A home energy check-up is one of the easiest ways to make sure you have all your bases covered for the winter to come.