Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Pinnacle Exteriors
The concept of energy efficiency has become a trend in recent times, as it is geared towards saving you money and helping the environment. In order to upgrade to a whole-house energy efficient home, one should first schedule a home energy audit.
The use of the word “audit” is not your typical application of the word. A home energy audit is designed to save you money by pinpointing the exact areas in your home that are prone to be energy deficient. This is achieved by a team of professionals evaluating the inside of your home with advanced technologies like infrared cameras .
Benefits: pinpointing energy deficient areas in your home will help assure that you are not paying for unneeded services. A home energy audit can reveal a variety of things depending the style, make, year, and geographical location of your home. Some of the major sources of energy deficiencies are windows, attic insulation, lighting, HVAC Systems (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning), ductwork, and even your water heater.
Low-E coatings are used to reduce overall radiative heat flow.
Quality Frames help to insulate the window and reduce heat transfer.
Multiple panes work together to provide greater insulation. There are at least two panes of glass in an energy efficient window.
Gas fills, which are generally argon or krypton, reduce the conductance between the two or more window panes.
Warm Edge Spacers insulate the window, prevent condensation, and hold the glass panes the proper distance apart from one another.
Instead of storing water in a tank, a tankless water heater heats water en route to its destination. The heating mechanism will only turn when you turn on your dishwasher, operate a washing machine, or open a hot water tap.
Home energy audits aren’t scary like tax audits. These are designed to save you money by identifying the precise locations in your home that need to be upgraded with energy efficient appliances.
Many people are satisfied with their energy bills, but their bills could be so much less after conducting a home energy audit. Home energy audits will definitively reveal what areas of your house are costing you the most money on your energy bills.
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