While a DIY energy audit won’t be as thorough as a professional assessment, it can help you identify the areas in your home that are costing you money and compromising your comfort. Armed with little more than a flashlight and a stick of incense, you can pinpoint locations that are causing drafts, impacting your indoor air quality and wasting energy.
Check Windows and Doors for Drafts
Drafts can make you feel uncomfortable even when your HVAC system is operating at full capacity. Track down the source of the drafts and improve your cooling and heating efficiencies by performing this simple test:
- When the weather outside is breezy, close all the windows and doors in your home.
- Light a stick of incense and move it around the edges of each door and window.
- Watch the direction of the smoke to find places where outside air is passing indoors.
Inspect Duct Systems for Leaks
The ductwork that circulates conditioned air through your home is subject to money-wasting leaks. Using a flashlight, check their exterior for signs of dust and debris. An accumulation of dust usually indicates the presence of a leak.
Look for Gaps Around Bypasses
Fixtures like plumbing pipes, vents, flues and entrances for electrical, gas and phone services are common sources of air infiltration. Use silicone caulk or polyurethane spray foam to seal any gaps and cracks.
Examine Your Energy Usage
The superior cooling and heating efficiencies of new HVAC systems can make a replacement a sound investment when you want to lower your energy costs. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an online calculator that can compute your home’s energy use to help guide you towards the best option.
At All Seasons Service Network, we offer an array of products and services designed to address problems discovered in a DIY energy audit, from new installations to comprehensive tune-ups for your existing HVAC systems. For more information about energy-saving solutions, explore our range of services or call 850-637-8479 today.