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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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Why An Energy Evaluation Is Vital For Your California Home

 Why An Energy Evaluation Is Vital For Your California HomeAnother scorching summer is on the way here in Southern California, and you may be wondering what to do to prepare your home for the weather. Air conditioner maintenance, energy efficiency, and proper sealing of air leaks are all essential to keeping your bills low and your cooling system functioning properly. The simplest way to figure out where problem areas exist in your home is to schedule a home energy evaluation.

During an energy evaluation, a professional inspector will visit your home and conduct a thorough inspection, searching for leaks, wasteful appliances, and other common issues. To prepare for your evaluation, be sure that all areas of your house are easily accessible. The inspector will need to examine every nook and cranny of your rooms, closets, attic, and basement to determine where any air leaks might be.

One of the major benefits of hiring a professional to conduct your evaluation is that the specialized tools that energy auditors often use are much more reliable at finding issues than the average homeowner is. This equipment is meant to locate air leaks that aren’t obvious or even visible. A blower-door test is a common part of an energy evaluation, and involves changing the pressure of the house, sometimes filling the whole house with a harmless smoke, in order to locate all air leaks. Another common tool used in energy evaluations is a thermographic camera. Thermographic cameras detect temperature when aimed at a wall or other surface, and be incredibly useful in locating areas with missing insulation or air leaks.

Perhaps the most important part of an energy evaluation is what follows the actual audit. After a careful inspection of your home, your energy auditor will present the findings of the evaluation, and give advice on what can be done to fix any problems. Once you have this information, get to work on sealing things up immediately, and fixing any other problems that were discovered during your evaluation.

For more information on energy evaluations and saving energy in your San Diego area home, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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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Does Your Home Measure Up? Use This Yardstick For Your Own Energy Evaluation

Does Your Home Measure Up? Use This Yardstick For Your Own Energy EvaluationUsing an energy evaluation to determine how energy efficient your home is can help curb your monthly utility bills, and who doesn’t want that with the continued rise in energy costs.  Continue reading “Does Your Home Measure Up? Use This Yardstick For Your Own Energy Evaluation” »