It may seem a little early to be thinking about energy audits, since they’re usually done closer to wintertime, but you could benefit from doing one now rather than later. Taking some corrective action now could also help you cut down on summer cooling bills. Time Available Although many contractors who also do energy audits are gearing up for a busy summer building season, there are some who are restricted only to the auditing process. These professionals will be able to schedule your audit with minimal waiting time. Cool Weather One of the advantages to the cool Minnesota nights which stretch throughout the spring season is that they offer the temperature difference needed for the audit to be done properly. Through use of infrared cameras, an energy auditor will be able to see where cold is seeping into the warm house. Since the nights still get so cold, but the days are warmer, the natural temperature difference is still large enough to be perfect for those cameras to work. Airtight The number-one priority to an energy-efficient home is that it’s as airtight as possible. Part of the auditing process involves using a blower fan in a doorway to find leaks in old windows and doors. This is one way they can help you determine whether it’s time to install new windows and doors or not. More Than Enough Time Before Winter The best part about getting an energy audit so early in the season is that you have plenty of time to check out the state and federal incentives you qualify for. Even if you don’t find any, you’ll be able to get an idea of how long it’ll take you to make the money you invested back through energy savings. Generally, it takes less than 10 years to pay the initial upgrades off in terms of lower monthly bills. In addition to saving money and time, the sooner you get energy efficiency issues taken care of, the sooner you’ll be enjoying a more comfortable home. Quarve Contracting installs energy-efficient roofing, siding, replacement windows, and exterior doors.
Thursday 13 June 2013
Why to Get An Energy Audit This Spring
Posted by Quarve Contracting at 9:07 AM