Did you know that approximately 30 percent of all energy that is generated in US homes is wasted? That sounds like a lot, and it is, but what does it mean to waste energy?
A great deal of energy is needed to operate a home and to keep it warm enough in the winter and cool enough in the summer. Families who are considering moving into a new home have little idea of how much it will cost to operate that home after moving in. Even families who have been living in the same home for years have little idea how much energy their home wastes every year.
If you have never had an energy assessment performed on your home, then now is the perfect time to get it done. Alternatively, if you are in the process of buying a new home, consider having such an audit performed before you close the deal. Comprehensive energy assessments are critical to understanding where a home is wasting energy so that those problems can be corrected. This can save you a lot of money over the long term.
If you need energy assessments in the Delaware, Southern Shore Maryland, or Southeast Pennsylvania area, contact Pro-Spect today. We can provide you with an energy assessment along with a package of other services like a full home inspection.
When you schedule a home inspection, a trained professional comes to the property to conduct a thorough visual examination. This provides the homeowner or prospective buyer with a solid idea of what can be expected as far as maintenance and repairs in the next few years.
For example, the inspector may find stains on a ceiling that indicate a hidden water leak or identify missing roof tiles.
When you pair a home inspection with an energy assessment, then you get an even clearer and more in-depth idea of how well the home is functioning. This comprehensive analysis of energy performance will tell you where the home is losing energy.
Why does a home lose energy? The culprits may include:
-Outdated and inefficient appliances;
-Air leakage through gaps or cracks; and
Regardless of what is causing the energy loss, the result is a home that is difficult to maintain at a comfortable temperature. This means that the homeowner has to pay a great deal more to try to achieve a desirable atmosphere.
An energy assessment is designed to uncover any inefficiencies in the house. Typically, this involves both a visual inspection as well as diagnostic testing with specialized equipment.
The visual inspection includes checking the building envelope, which refers to elements such as the insulation, doors, windows, and wall penetrations. A review of the HVAC system, that looks into its age, characteristics, type, and ducting, is another critical component. The inspector further will review visible moisture issues and examine characteristics of the lighting and appliances in the home.
Diagnostic testing may involve equipment such as a combustion analyzer, duct leakage tester, an infrared camera, or a blower door test. This testing is designed to assess how much air is leaking from the building envelope and where that air is escaping. It’s also possible to determine how much the HVAC distribution ducts are leaking and how effective the insulation in the ceilings and walls truly is.
If you would like to schedule an energy assessment on your property, we are a local, family-owned company that specializes in performing all sorts of inspections on residences and commercial sites across the region.
Whether you want to ensure that your current home is as energy efficient as possible or want to know if the house that you’re thinking about buying is wasting energy, call Pro-Spect today to get the peace of mind that you deserve.