A comfortable home inspires people for a better living. When our homes are equipped with the right kind of facilities and necessary comfort, we inevitably step up to focus on bettering ourselves. Home heating systems certainly fall under the right kind of facility’. Imagine sitting in your home during the harsh winter with a faulty or an inefficient heating system! The steps below outlines the processes for making your home more comfortable through basic energy upgrades:
Get The Right Contractor
The primary focus is to figure ways and means to get your home comfortable, energy efficient and healthy. This cannot happen without a professional help. Look for companies that employ workers who carry the national Home Energy Professional Certificate’. These contractors will have a certified auditor either on staff or under contract to evaluate your home.
Get Home Energy Audit Done
Also known as Home Performance Evaluation, this energy audit requires specialized equipment and trained professionals. They are called Energy Auditors who are certified and highly trained to operate these special equipments. The most important equipment an energy auditor operates is called the blower door, which is essentially used to determine where air is leaking out of your home. It is indeed true that a lot of us end up getting surprised just by witnessing the air getting leaked out of the house. Put all the leaks together and you could possibly have space that is the size of a kitchen window – constantly open! Within minutes you can figure how uncomfortable your house has been. The Energy Auditor also uses a lot of other equipment during the process but do ensure that you go along with them to understand your home better.
Make The Right Choices
While our homes are different and need to be evaluated for what they are, do some research on the various do-it-yourselves option available in the market. While energy audit is inevitable and tells us a lot about things we do not know about our own dwelling, you can avoid spending immediately on a professional contractor. Start off my sealing the leaks in your house and invest on a good thermostat, which will efficiently maintain the temperature at your home. It would be safe to say that there will be an immediate 5%-7% reduction in your energy bills and sum up to a year – that’s a lot! It is always wise to remember that home heating systems are not rocket science but a building science.