You’ve probably seen the commercials about getting a home energy audit and it might even be on your “to-do” list. If you need a little extra push to get this going, it is worth noting that the results of an audit can not only help you protect your family, home and investment, but can help the environment, too. Here are six reasons to get a home energy audit now.
It will save you money
You’ll save money for the rest of your life. According to the Department of Energy, the typical home wastes 25% to 40% of the energy put out by the central heating and cooling system. With an energy audit, you’ll find out how your home is wasting heated air in the winter, and cooled air in the summer. If you can fix some of those problems, your gas, heating and electric bills will be reduced. You may also qualify for energy rebates from your utility company.
It could keep you healthy
You’ll get information about the quality of the indoor air of your home, which can be a contributing factor to health issues like asthma. Lack of humidity in your home can result in your family members suffering from dry skin and bloody noses. If you’ve got ducts that are not functioning properly, you and your family may be exposed to dust, mold and mildew that can affect their respiratory health. You’ll also learn if gas leaks or carbon monoxide are issues because of leaky pipes or malfunctioning appliances.
It will increase your home’s value
For every dollar you can save in energy costs each year, the market value of your home increases by $20, according to a study in the Appraisal Journal. For example, if you decrease your energy costs by $250 per year, your home’s value increases by $5,000.
It will protect the environment
Did you know that 16% of greenhouse gases generated in the United States come from residential homes? If your home is more energy efficient you can do your part to reduce your carbon footprint.
It will prevent future damage to your home
Fix smaller problems now, like faulty ventilation, and you can avoid damage to your home and big-ticket repairs. For example, if your air conditioner is not properly ventilated and leaks into the attic, it can cause mold, and even cause an environment where the structural elements of your home can deteriorate, including roof shingles. Frozen pipes also have the potential to break and flood your home, causing thousands of dollars of damage.
It will help you prioritize
You’ll have an action plan for maintenance projects for your home – and can easily determine how to prioritize them.
If these six reasons to conduct a home energy audit have pushed you into action, we can help you find a Pro to get it scheduled.