Maintaining a comfortable and efficient home is no easy task. The average home has a surprising number of air leaks, allowing clean and conditioned air to leak out and unconditioned, potentially polluted air to seep inside. Many homes also have HVAC systems that are too large, too small or simply too worn to do their jobs efficiently. Fortunately, there’s no need to let your hard-earned money leak away. A professional whole-home evaluation can provide all the information you need to eliminate waste and ensure that your home is as comfortable and efficient as possible.
It Tracks Down Pesky Leaks
In the quest for better energy efficiency, few things are more challenging than air leaks. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air leaks and other waste sources account for up to 20 percent of the average American home’s annual energy costs. Complicating matters is the fact that leaks are often very difficult to track down and correct without the proper tools. This means they’re frequently left unaddressed for years.
A professional whole-home evaluation uses sophisticated tools and techniques like blower door tests, thermographic inspections and detailed assessments to analyze the flow of air throughout your entire home. It can easily identify holes and gaps in your building envelope, inefficiencies in your insulation and more. This holistic picture makes it easier to develop a comprehensive plan for eliminating trouble spots, saving you money and making the most of every dollar you spend on heating and cooling.
It Ensures Your HVAC System Is Operating Efficiently
While identifying and eliminating leaks is an essential step, it’s only one aspect of a home evaluation. Just as important is a detailed assessment of your HVAC system. This begins with advanced air flow testing to determine the condition of your HVAC system and its ductwork. An air flow test ensures that your system is in proper working order and that there are no leaks, blockages or other issues that could disrupt the flow of air throughout your home.
An evaluation also involves a detailed assessment of the size and details of your home and your HVAC system. The HVAC systems in many homes are improperly sized, consequently causing them to work much harder than necessary in order to maintain a comfortable temperature. Your home’s layout, orientation and features may also pose unique heating and cooling challenges that a proper home evaluation can help you better understand and address. This kind of personalized attention to detail is invaluable when it comes to maximizing the efficiency and comfort of your home.
It Improves Indoor Air Quality
Improved energy efficiency can help you save some serious cash, but it isn’t the only benefit of a home evaluation. By identifying and correcting gaps, holes and other places where outside air can infiltrate your home, a thorough evaluation can help you keep out some of the many pollutants found in the great outdoors. Pollen is a particular concern in North Texas, but the region is also no stranger to near-ground ozone and various potentially irritating particulates.
A well-insulated, conditioned, leak-free home is also the best way to minimize the risk of allergens, mildew and other potential indoor air pollutants. Allergens and mildew grow best in high-humidity conditions, and there’s certainly no shortage of humid air in and around the Dallas area. A professional home evaluation is invaluable in ensuring that excessively humid air is kept outside and that your home is equipped to maintain a consistent, comfortable moisture level inside.
Don’t let your hard-earned money leak away through a home that isn’t properly sealed, and don’t risk compromising the air quality inside your home. You deserve to live in comfort without having to pay through the nose for it. To find out how experienced building science professionals can help you live more comfortably and efficiently in your home, explore Advanced Home Comfort’s whole-home evaluation services or call 972-299-8578 to get started today.