Benefits of a Home Audit Las Vegas
Homes of any size or building style can benefit from an energy audit and energy-efficiency improvements if they haven’t been recently inspected. Although the term “energy audit” may sound like a negative thing, almost as if your house is being audited for bad credit, the whole process is very beneficial for home owners. An energy audit is more like an investment into a home which pays back in savings over time.
Just like car owners change their oil every few thousand miles to insure that their engine runs at an optimal level and doesn’t break down, home owners also have to have their homes energy audited once a year to keep running costs low and reduce the need for costly repairs.
The Benefits of an Energy Audit
Since energy audits can identify where heat is leaking in or out of your home (depending on the season), they can save a lot of money. Although the benefit of a lower energy bill is seen by most home owners when they patch insulation where needed, there are other less obvious benefits of investing in an energy audit.
For starters, home owners and other residents will have increased comfort if their home has been properly inspected and taken care of HVAC-wise. In addition to energy audits improving comfort temperature-wise, it also increases comfort health-wise by keeping dust, pollen, and even bugs out of the home. In the fall for example, if heat is leaking out, then it’s also likely that bugs have a way to “leak” in.
Energy audits can also identify problems such as condensation and mold growths long before they develop into costly problems. A lack in insulation, reduced water seals, and other issues can also be spotted during an energy audit.
With rising energy costs each year, lowering your home’s energy-use effectively is a great way to offset the inevitable rise. Energy auditors in Las Vegas seek to save as much energy as possible for home owners, so they don’t just stop at the general HVAC system and insulation. They also inspect and improve the energy efficiency of water heaters, showers, toilet tanks and flushing, appliances, light bulbs, and other energy consuming components.
Should I Get an Energy Audit?
If you live in the Las Vegas area and are experiencing any trouble with your home’s HVAC system, whether it’s the monthly bill significantly changing or a room suffering from drafts, we can help. At A-Tech Heating and Cooling our technicians have over a decade of HVAC experience and they can help you identify and remedy issues promptly, professionally, and affordability.
Although we don’t provide energy audits, we maintain any HVAC system, upgrade them, and repair them.
How Does An Energy Audit Work?
To provide a comprehensive report of all of the components and areas in a home that can be energy improved, both with their current energy rating and their possible updated rating, energy auditors utilize a wide-range of equipment and techniques. Their equipment inspects the home fully: ranging from walls and windows to insulation and duct work. If anything abnormal
comes up through the inspection, energy auditors make a note of it and then diagnose the issue. They also make a note of the solutions the home owner can pick from to solve the problem at hand.
The Biggest Benefit of an Energy Efficient Home
Home owners that have their homes energy audited on a regular basis, and have documents proving the efficiency of their home as well as the work that went into making it save so much energy, do much better on the market. Home buyers are attracted by a home that has had thought put into its energy efficiency, and consistently took less to run than other homes in the area and of the same year.
A home that has been taken care of energy-wise will also indicate to potential buyers that the home owner is responsible and that everything else has also been probably taken care of. So in addition to energy audits boosting your utility savings and comfort in the present, energy efficiency improvement also goes a big way in paying off in the long-run: whether it be long-term savings or having a higher-valued home on the market when it’s sold.
All in all, home owners see an average 10-15% return on their investment into yearly energy audits and improvements. Such an investment helps home owners save more money so they can put it into other places that need it.