Many of us naturally feel an itch to do spring cleaning as soon as warmer days arrive. The hard work we put into pressure washing, carpet cleaning, yard debris cleanup, garage decluttering and more is done in the hopes of a having a hospitable home that will welcome summer days full of fun. Another important, and often overlooked, task to make our homes summer-ready is an energy audit.
Spring is a great time to conduct an energy audit, especially if you plan to do some of the work required to gain energy cost savings yourself. A home energy audit is a complete review of how your home operates as a system. For example, uneven temperature zones might not be an air conditioning problem; it could reflect larger issues with insulation and air sealing. Air sealing problems could be affecting your indoor air quality by introducing moisture or dust particles. A comprehensive energy assessment will let you know.
By doing a springtime energy audit and taking steps to address problems that the audit unveils, your home will simply function better. You can further increase your home’s energy efficiency by taking a few easy steps. For example, you might find significant energy savings by installing window coverings, by operating your thermostat efficiently, and by installing and using ceiling fans throughout your home. For more energy efficiency spring and summertime tips, visit the Department of Energy website.
There are a number of resources available to local residents who want to conduct an energy audit. The Harrisonburg Electric Commission (for Harrisonburg City residents) offers energy audit services to residential homeowners with electric heat or an electric heat pump during the spring and fall. Energy assessment services are available from local private companies as well, including Building Knowledge, WeatherSeal Insulation Co., and Beck Builders.