If you’ve never had a home energy evaluation, now could be the perfect time. Colorado and Wyoming winters tend to be quite cold, and with the information from an energy evaluation, you can still weatherize your home in time to lower your winter energy bills.
Here’s how to prepare for an energy evaluation, what to expect from one and how to select an auditor to complete the evaluation.
How to prepare for an energy evaluation
Make a list of problems (stuffy rooms, drafty areas, window condensation).
Collect copies of heating and cooling bills from the past 12 months.
Be ready to answer a few questions, such as how many people are home during working hours and what the average thermostat temperature is during the summer and winter.
What to expect from an energy evaluation
The reason you can’t complete a thorough energy evaluation yourself is because auditors use specialized equipment. Expect the following during an energy evaluation:
Outdoor inspection: At the start of the evaluation, the auditor will check exterior walls, joints and eaves for cracks.
Blower door test: A device will be fitted to the door to pull air out of the house so leaks can be identified.
Thermographic scan: This involves the use of infrared cameras to spot cold areas in the ceiling and walls. Areas that appear blue are letting cold outdoor air inside and need more insulation.
Furnace efficiency test: This helps you know whether your furnace is performing at its peak.
How to select an energy auditor
Contact the local energy office for information about auditors in your area.
Ask your electric or gas utility provider to recommend local auditors.
Once an energy evaluation has been performed, you know what improvements you need to make to save money on your utility bills for years to come. For more about energy evaluations, contact a Rheem Pro Partner Dealer near you. We have locations from Colorado Springs to southern Wyoming.