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April 18, 2023
High energy bills, drafts, and indoor air health issues are all signs that your home could benefit from performance upgrades and/or retrofits. The problem: Many homeowners have no idea where to start. With so many different services available–from air sealing, to insulation, to window and door replacements, and beyond–it’s difficult to know what to prioritize when making upgrades to your home.
The solution: home energy audits.
Though homeowners may wonder if energy audits are really worth it, there are many reasons to consider scheduling one before diving into home upgrades and retrofits. Read on to learn more about why DC and Northern Virginia homeowners should consider getting an energy audit and how the local experts at Home Energy Medics can help.
Why Get an Energy Audit?
Without getting an energy efficiency audit, a homeowner has little-to-no idea of what upgrades will most benefit their home. They could decide to try out air sealing, or they could spring for a more expensive service–because if it costs more, it has to have better results, right? But, without first identifying where a home is losing energy, any upgrades made are more of a shot in the dark.
By starting with an energy audit before making any upgrades to the home, a homeowner can determine precisely which upgrades will be most beneficial. From there, they can start making the upgrades that will improve their home’s comfort, efficiency, and health.
What Does a Home Energy Audit Include?
During an energy audit, building science experts assess a home and pinpoint the exact areas where performance upgrades and retrofits can make the most impactful difference. During a home energy audit with Home Energy Medics, our team of professionals will conduct:
An exterior inspection
An interior inspection
Combustion safety testing
Furnace, boiler, and/or water heater efficiency analysis
Blower door analysis
Infrared camera analysis
Basic duct leakage assessment
At the end of the energy audit, all results of our testing–including observations and recommendations–are written up and presented in a detailed report with pictures.
Based on the results of your home energy audit, building science experts will recommend fixes and retrofits to meet your home’s unique needs. These could include upgrading your home’s insulation and air sealing, replacing windows and doors, or performing other services to address the specific problem areas diagnosed during your energy audit.
What Makes Energy Audits from Home Energy Medics Different?
The energy audits performed by the team at Home Energy Medics aren’t like everyone else’s. There’s a good reason why we price our audits the way we do, especially compared to other “audits” you may see being offered in our area.
The truth is that we perform FULL home energy audits. These can take as long as 5-6 hours to complete. They are very different from free “clipboard” style audits, which are performed in ways that don't allow for anything other than surface level observations. With Home Energy Medics, you get what you pay for: real building-science-backed data and solutions for solving energy efficiency and home comfort issues.
Get Started with Home Energy Medics Today
A comprehensive energy audit from a professional team like Home Energy Medics can go a long way toward increasing your home’s comfort and energy savings. Not to mention, you’ll reap the benefits of lower monthly heating and cooling bills.
Home Energy Medics is a trusted, well-respected, full-service home performance company based out of Arlington, Virginia. Schedule an energy audit today and let our professional team of building science experts help you determine the best home performance upgrades for your home.