Your heating and air conditioning systems account for more than half of your home’s annual energy usage, so keeping them working efficiently should be your top priority. One way to do this is by conducting an energy audit. Energy audits allow you to pinpoint potential problem areas in your overall energy plan, providing you the opportunity to address them promptly, before they worsen and cost you more in the long run.
Energy audits are best done by a professional HVAC technician. They’ll have all the tools necessary to properly diagnose trouble areas, as well as the skills and experience to resolve any issues. You can also do a preliminary energy audit yourself to get a rough idea of where you stand efficiency-wise.
How Often Do You Need Energy Audits?
Our experts at Hader Heating and Air Conditioning recommend scheduling an energy audit along with your annual HVAC inspection and tune-up. However, it’s actually best to have this done twice a year: once at the beginning of summer and again at the beginning of winter. This will ensure that your heating and cooling systems are in good shape before the respective seasons begin.
Check for Leaks
Leaks can occur in any part of your home, but the most common places they appear are in your weatherstripping, ducts and any small cracks in the walls, ducts or plumbing. It’s impossible to visually check all areas of your home every day, but you should still keep an eye out for obvious signs of problems such as cold drafts and increasing energy bills.
Change the Filters
Energy audits rely on a fully functional system, which is why our technicians at Hader HVAC advise homeowners to change their filters regularly. Clogged filters will obstruct your system’s airflow, causing your heating or cooling system to consume twice as much energy just to maintain the same temperature.
Leave It to the Pros at Hader
At Hader, we can help you reach your energy efficiency goals. Give us a call at (513) 661-1910 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and get a free estimate on a new HVAC installation today. We serve homeowners in Cincinnati and nearby areas.