How You Can Conduct an Energy Evaluation on Your Home

How You Can Conduct an Energy Evaluation on Your HomeA home energy evaluation is a great way to make sure that your home is energy efficient. It’s also a great way to keep potential issues with your HVAC system from getting in the way of home comfort and energy savings. Here are a few ways you can perform your own home energy evaluation and improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Locate and Seal Air Leaks

Finding sources of obvious air drafts can represent an energy savings of up to 30 percent each year while improving overall comfort. Check gaps along the edge of your flooring and baseboards, as well as along wall and ceiling junctures, plumbing penetrations, windows and siding. Most of these gaps can be plugged up with the appropriate caulk and weatherstripping.

Check Your Insulation

Carefully check your attic and exterior walls to see if they have the proper type and amount of insulation. Insulation with an R-value of 25 is usually the recommended minimum in most areas. Make sure that your attic vents aren’t blocked by insulation and that there’s a vapor barrier (made of Kraft paper, plastic sheeting or tar paper) underneath the attic insulation.

Inspect Your Heating and Cooling Equipment

Carefully inspect your HVAC system for signs of wear and tear on an annual basis. Don’t forget about minor tasks, such as changing the air filter at least once every three months. If your unit is over 15 years old, consider replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient unit. Inspect your ducts for signs of air leaks and have them sealed with duct mastic.

Although a DIY home energy audit can reveal many avenues for energy savings, having one done by a trained professional is the best way to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.

When it comes to improving your home’s energy efficiency, the professionals at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Contact us for all of your home energy evaluation needs throughout North San Diego.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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  • Thanks for the advice. I was unaware that this is something I could conduct myself. I will try it out this weekend and see what the results are. Thank a bunch!

  • Thank you for the great advice! I just recently moved into a new home, and I’m going to make sure to follow your advice and perform an energy evaluation on it. I liked that you mentioned how I should check the air conditioning unit and the furnace not only while I do the evaluation, but yearly as well. I didn’t know that before, but I’ll make sure to check them yearly, like you suggest!

  • It is important to complete an energy evaluation to save yourself money on your energy bill. Great tips on how to do so, thanks for sharing!


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