It seems like electricity is more expensive than ever, and more and more homeowners are searching for ways to cut down on their summer energy bills by conserving wherever they can, whether it’s making a salad for dinner instead of using the oven or purchasing sun-blocking curtains. However, if you really want to make a dent in your energy usage, you’ll have to take it a step further with an home energy audit from ABC Cooling and Heating.
As great as the small energy-saving steps can be, they’re only a drop in the bucket when it comes to your home’s overall energy use, especially if you have issues such as an inefficient air conditioner, a lack of insulation in the attic, or air leaks in your air ducts and windows. ABC offers a 26-point inspection to identify problems and then determine the best road forward. Let’s review everything.
What’s included in a home energy audit?
The audit itself includes a series of tests to figure out where energy efficiency is being lost. The ABC team uses tools like an infrared camera to scan for places where cooled or heated air (depending on the season, of course) is escaping or entering. This helps us determine if your doors and windows are retaining the air that your system has already worked to adjust.
We’ll then look at your home’s insulation, particularly in the attic, where it’s easy to check how deep the insulation is. Our home energy audit also inspects how energy efficient your air conditioner, furnace, and water heater are, as well as how much energy your appliances are using.
This is more than just a quick pass-by conducted by a rookie. We have multiple certified Building Analysts on our team who have advanced training in the study of building efficiency, including knowing the dynamics of airflow and how moisture can impact efficiency. Many home energy studies just look at your air conditioner or dishwasher in a vacuum to determine how you’re using energy. In contrast, the ABC Cooling team looks at your home as a whole, studying it as a complete system where everything works together. The end result is a much more comprehensive and honest portrait.
Ok, an audit sounds like a good idea, but what can I do with it?
Here’s another great thing about working with ABC Cooling and Heating: we’re not going to just leave you, audit in hand, and walk out the door. Instead, we see solving the problems we’ve pointed out as part of the process, and we’re going to walk you through a ton of possible actions you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency. You’ll be in complete control, and can pick-and-choose what steps you’d like us to take next.
Once you’ve approved the scope of work and been informed of the price upfront, ABC’s technicians will get to work. Here’s the cool part: we do all the work ourselves. This means less headache for you and more assurance that the job is going to get done right. It also means that we’re more likely to finish the project faster.
What about the costs?
Something to take into consideration: energy inefficiency is costing you on your monthly energy bills, every month of the year, for every year you own your home moving forward. Those costs can add up, and you have to weigh how much the energy efficiency upgrades will cost relative to those future energy costs.
Both the state and federal governments offer incentives for homeowners who have energy efficiency upgrades applied to their home by a certified company, such as ABC Cooling and Heating. For more on this, check out energy.gov.
Start your home energy audit with ABC Cooling
ABC Cooling and Heating is the best choice for home energy audits in Fresno and the Central Valley. Our team has been conducting these audits for years, and we have multiple Building Analysts on staff who are qualified to conduct detailed, scientific audits. Plus, our work with air conditioners and furnaces gives our team even greater expertise on tuning up those systems. To get started and schedule your home energy audit, give our team a call!