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DIY Home Energy Audits: What to Know and Where to Check

Every homeowner and landlord should have an energy audit performed. Home energy audits identify problem areas in the building that force HVAC systems to work harder than they should. This means homeowners can determine which steps to take to improve their home’s energy efficiency, such as by putting in new, energy-saving windows and doors, or adding more insulation. You could hire a professional to do a home energy audit for you, or you could take a DIY approach.

Doing the Dollar Bill Test

One very quick way to test your doors for energy efficiency is to use the dollar bill test. Open the door and hold the bill next to the frame. Close the door on the bill. When you pull the bill out, see if it puts up much resistance. If it doesn’t drag, you’re losing air there.

Performing a Smoke Test

You can use the smoke test to check for air leaks around both windows and doors. First, close everything that leads to the outside, including windows, doors, and flues. Open all of the interior doors, and turn on everything that emits air from the inside to the outside. These include your clothes dryer, stove hood vent, and bathroom fans. Ignite a stick of incense and move it along every door and window frame. Do the same to electrical outlets and switch plates that are located on exterior walls. As you do this, watch the smoke to see how it behaves. If there’s an air leak, you’ll notice the smoke blowing around abnormally.

Fixing Problems

Sometimes, adding some extra caulk around your windows and doors just isn’t enough to stop air leaks. And if you have older windows and doors, they probably won’t meet today’s energy efficiency standards. Consider looking into window financing to help you replace these outdated features. Energy-efficient windows and well-built doors will pay for themselves in utility savings.

When you’re fed up with high utility bills, it’s time to talk to the folks at Window World. We install energy-efficient windows and doors in Orlando. Give us a call today at (407) 734-2996, and let us know how we can help with your home improvement goals.

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