23 May Snappy Talks Home Energy Checkup with AJC
Pictured above is an example of a blower door test which is done during Snappy’s home performance and energy checkup to find air leaks within the home.
Snappy was lucky enough to team up with the Atlanta Journal Constitution (ajc.com) to showcase the importance and effectiveness of Snappy’s home performance energy checkups. Snappy’s general manager, Adam Bunyard, sat down to answer five questions about energy checkups (sometimes call energy audits) including why a homeowner should have an energy checkup, why homes lose energy and other informative questions.
1. Why should a recent homebuyer have an energy audit?
2. What areas typically consume the most energy?
Your average homeowner typically thinks their windows are the biggest issue with high energy bills. In reality we find that sometimes those are very low. One of the biggest things you can do is the air sealing and insulation of the home. You’re actually losing your conditioned air that’s created through your heating and air systems through holes in the house (such as in the attic). It requires your heating and air systems to work twice as hard. The first thing you want to do is air seal the home. Other issues are older appliances like washing machines and refrigerators.
3. What’s an example of how homes lose air?
Imagine your AC system is cooling an x amount of air to cool your main level. That air escapes through penetrations you can’t really see, through can lights and receptacles and light switches or under the trim of your house where there’s a gap between the sheetrock and the floor. You have new air coming in that has to be conditioned to match the thermostat setting. Air movement is very important to control.
4. How could an energy audit help a homeowner make adjustments during the summer?
In this region, your major energy savings are going to come from your cooling bills. You want to get the improvements done — the insulation and air sealing, and possibly programmable thermostats, weatherstrip doors and sealing around windows. It helps year round. They’re going to see the biggest savings on energy consumption through the summer, which is the cooling season.
5. How much do energy audits typically cost and how much time is involved?
It ranges, but typically it’s between $300 and $500 (for an energy audit that includes a blower door test to locate and measure air loss). It takes two to four hours, depending on the size of the house.
To read the entire article, head over to AJC to find out more information about home energy checkups.