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How a Home Energy Audit Can Help You

Brian McDonald - Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 12:02 PM

Energy efficiency is a topic that is ever increasing in popularity, especially over the past few years. If you're looking for ways to become more energy efficient, the best place to start is in your home! Having an energy efficient home is something that is not only good for the environment, but will also save you money and improve your quality of life. If improving your home's energy efficiency is something that you're considering, the first step is conducting a home energy audit.

You've likely heard of a home energy audit, but if you're not entirely sure what it entails, we're here to help!


A home energy audit is a comprehensive examination of your home. Everything from air sealing to insulation, appliances and windows, with the goal of helping you understand and minimize the amount of energy you use. Believe it or not, your home actually operates as a system. One of the biggest sources of discomfort and energy waste is the amount of outdoor air that enters your home through the building’s framing and cracks around light fixtures, receptacles, windows, doors and attic hatches. The outdoor air entering your home is called “infiltration”. Using two very specialized tools (a blower door and an infrared thermal imaging camera) we make the invisible, visible; and we pinpoint where and how much “infiltration” your home is suffering from. We also inspect the installation of your home insulation, heating and cooling system and ductwork to determine where the largest amounts of energy are lost or wasted in your home.

Here is the best part: A full home energy audit does more than just examine your home for energy deficiencies - it helps you to resolve them! After the evaluation is complete, you will be provided with a list of solutions to improve your home's energy efficiency, prioritized by importance and cost effectiveness. As every home uses energy differently, this is the perfect way to identify where you and your family can begin to implement small changes and see big improvements in utility costs and the health of your home.

We are here to answer any and all questions you may have about home energy audits! Outer Banks Heating & Cooling has joined with Dr. Energy Saver Home Services to bring you the best in home performance contracting services. We aren't your typical contractors installing equipment - we understand that each home is different and we are committed to helping you and your family experience a healthier, more comfortable and efficient home.

Call us today to schedule a home energy audit or learn more about our energy saving services, including air sealing, home insulation, and more! For further information, please also check out this Home Performance Upgrade Brochure.

Topics: Home Energy Audit- Home Performance Contracting- Energy Efficiency

Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald has been in the HVAC industry since 1985. He holds NC HVAC Contractor's License #12643 and Refrigeration Contractor's License #3196. He also maintains NATE Certification #7330548 for installation and service of AC and heat pump systems as well as BPI Certification #5025287 for Building Analyst Professional, Building Envelope Professional and Heating Professional.

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