A home energy review is a great tool to help you save HUGE savings on your monthly energy bill but how does it differ from a home inspection report? Well, for one. We are looking to save you money not up your insurance costs. Secondly, it’s not as extensive and picky and it benefits you unlike some home inspections which end up being pains in the neck in the long run because they either have to be redone or don’t end up helping you get the best bang for your buck in terms of home insurance.
Most home buyers are familiar with the practice of having a home inspection performed prior to closing on a new house. In fact, most mortgage companies require home inspections.A home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing, electrical systems, roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, and visible structure.
While home inspection companies do look at energy efficiency related systems in homes, their inspections are visual, and they typically do not give you detailed information about how old your furnace or heat pump is or what their efficiency ratings are. They likely will not note leaky duct work, or duct work in an unconditioned space that is not properly sealed or insulated. They’ll tell you that you have insulation, but not how functional the insulation is or what the R-value is. Some companies will give you an efficiency checklist for a charge. These inspection checklists may hit the highlights, but what the inspector doesn’t see, smell, or test won’t make their checklist.
When you are getting a professional home energy review, they do more than just provide you with checklists. An energy audit is the only true way to understand how well your home is “performing.” A professional home energy auditor begins with a similar inspection of your home, but in the process, they then analyze the whole house as a system, and take detailed notes on efficiency ratings and insulation or duct leakage measurements. As awareness of the impacts of the efficiency of our homes increases, energy audits are becoming more popular. Home owners are requesting audits to learn how to reduce their energy bills, determine how to make improvements during a remodel, and secure financing for improvements.
Depending on the type of audit being done, most commonly the end result of an energy audit is a detailed summary of findings and recommendations. Whether increasing insulation or installing a more efficient furnace, a professional auditor can point you to a clear path to a more energy efficient home. Don’t stop learning about your new home with a checklist-type home inspection. Energy audits are an easy first step for homeowners to take to begin to take action to reduce energy bills, lessen the impact on the environment and make their homes more comfortable to live in. An energy audit provides information that empowers homeowners to understand their energy bills, energy usage and options for improving home value.
Don’t waste another minute worrying about the cost of your air conditioner in this squelching Florida summer heat. Schedule an energy review today. Don’t delay.