There’s a lot to love about living in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s one of the most vibrant cities in the country, but there’s no getting around the fact that many Atlanta-area homes are starting to age.
And when it comes to energy efficiency, older homes tend to underperform.
Many older structures suffer from home performance shortcomings, but the same problems can occur in new homes as well. Regardless of when your home was built, a whole home assessment and energy audit can reveal the best ways to improve energy efficiency and comfort.
Here are six benefits of having a licensed professional conduct an energy audit for your Atlanta-area home.
1.Uncover Hidden Problems
An energy audit will uncover performance problems that have plagued your home for years. For example, air leaks around attic penetrations, windows, and doors could be costing you money and make you uncomfortable, regardless of the time of year. The same goes for inadequate home performance/insulation in your attic or walls.
Just because you can’t see these problems doesn’t mean they aren’t there. An energy audit team can show you where your home’s biggest problems exist and present the most affordable solutions.
2. Increase Home Comfort
At the end of the day, you want to come home to a comfortable home. But how many Atlanta-area homeowners can say, “Yes, I’m always able to achieve the right balance of temperature and humidity indoors,” or, “My home has even temperatures on both stories and in every room?”
Not many, but you can be the exception.
By identifying air sealing opportunities around your home, an energy audit can help you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You’ll finally be comfortable inside your home. You’ll also be comfortable with the total on your energy bill. Speaking of…
3. Reduce Energy Bills
No one wants to spend more on energy than they have to. However, high energy bills are a common problem among Atlanta-area homeowners, especially during the peak summer and winter months.
When you identify how energy is being wasted throughout your home, you’ll be able to (literally) fill in the gaps. As a result, you’ll never pay more than necessary to heat and cool your home!
4. Increase Your Home’s Resale Value
Invest in an energy audit and the requisite upgrades, and you can tell potential buyers,” Hey, this home is efficient. You’ll stay comfortable year-round, and you’ll never have to worry about high electric or gas bills.”
With rising fuel costs, an efficient home is desirable home. If you know you’ll sell your home someday – and most homeowners will! – an energy audit will show you which improvements will attract buyers.
5. Health & Safety Benefits
At PV Heating & Air, our energy audits also include a “whole house assessment,” which includes a safety inspection for your home.
Why combine your efficiency audit with a safety audit? Because unseen issues like high carbon monoxide levels and combustion emissions can pose a threat to you and your family. High levels of carbon monoxide can create high levels of discomfort, including more frequent illnesses and drowsiness. Carbon monoxide inhalation can even be fatal.
Many of our recommendations for energy efficiency involve “tightening up” your home. But before you do that, you have to make sure you won’t trap harmful gasses inside your living environment! Hence, the safety inspection.
Indoor air quality matters. Whether your home contains an attic, crawlspace, or both, our BPI home assessment tests combustion safety and checks all your gas lines. As a result, we can help you pursue a controlled approach to ventilation that makes your home efficient and keeps you safe.
6. Help the Environment
Everyone wants to do their part for the planet. Saving on energy not only keeps you comfortable, but it also consumes fewer natural resources – so you can feel good about your home!
If you’ve never had a whole home assessment and energy audit, now’s the time. Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment today!