The Difference an Energy Audit Can Make in Savings and Comfort

Your home should be a haven of peace and comfort. But with a high energy bill every month, it does not feel like a relaxing place at all!

Find out how an energy audit can help improve your home’s comfort and savings.

Maintains Your Heating and Cooling Devices

Using a water heater or furnace takes up to 45% of your energy usage. But, with the help of energy audit, you can minimize the amount of energy used per month. Annual energy audit checks your heating and cooling system for air leaks to keep conditioned air indoor. By assessing your energy use, you can keep your HVAC system from working efficiently for years.

Address Air Leaks

Leaky doors and windows spend a lot on your energy cost especially during winter and summer. Air leaks on these parts of the house make your HVAC system work harder in keeping your home cool or warm. This leads you to expensive repairs, early system retirement and a skyrocketing energy bill. With annual energy audit, your home will be checked for the presence of drafts and leakages. After which, solutions are given immediately.

Validates Insulation

Did you know that ensuring your insulation is up to its job can protect your home from costly energy bills? If your house is not properly insulated, you are losing the valuable air you need during cold and warm months. Meeting the recommended insulation standards can increase the possibility of money and energy savings.

Upgrades Your Home Lighting

An energy audit involves checking and upgrading your light bulbs at home. Your trusted technician can replace your old bulbs with energy-efficient lighting which saves up to 80% of your energy cost. To get more savings today, switch to energy-efficient light bulbs.

You do not only get comfort from assessing your home’s energy efficiency but extra savings as well. Energy audit helps you determine your home improvement projects that need to be completed. Being able to identify the projects to prioritize at home saves up to 30% of your electric cost.

Most importantly, energy assessment allows you to know what you need to eliminate and upgrade in your home such as the lighting, shower heads, heating and cooling devices and more.

Get added comfort and extra savings on your energy expense through energy audit. Call our qualified technicians at Maddox Residential and Commercial Services for a free energy assessment today!

Then Vs Now: Air Conditioners

Wine gets better with age. Same thing goes with your air conditioning units. Over the years, the air conditioning industry has taken exceptional technological advancements. Hence, the unit you bought 5 or 10 years ago might have improved greatly in terms of costs, efficiency, energy consumption and more.

Those who have purchased old models of air conditioner might be surprised with today’s technological advances of the system. So, how exactly does an old A/C unit differ from a new one? Would it be worth the money if you invest in a system upgrade?

Read below and learn the differences of air conditioners then and now.

Refrigerant Type

Older units use R-22 refrigerant which is already a low quality type these days. Modern A/C units use the standard R-410A refrigerant that is more energy saving and durable. Both types can be used by your unit but older refrigerants might not keep up with your system’s load requirements over time.

Energy Consumption

Everyone wants a cooling unit that is energy efficient. It is actually one of the factors considered by most homeowners during purchase. Ten or 20 years ago, the general standard for SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is as low as 9. Now, the standard SEER ranges from 13 above. When looking for a new A/C unit, the higher the SEER rating, the higher the savings on energy costs.

Noise Level

The noise produced by A/C units is one of the main problems dealt by homeowners. As compared to older ones, the noise level produced by modern A/C is reduced by 20%. It is because of the advanced compressors and a more silent fan blade rotation. 

Programmable Thermostats

Thermostats control your HVAC’s operations. Modern A/C connected with programmable thermostats operate more efficiently when it comes to energy savings and comfort. This gives you full control of your air conditioning unit even when you are out for work or vacation.

Stages of Operation

Older air conditioners operate in one or two stages while modern models work in multiple stages. Does this affect your A/C’s overall function? Yes! A modulating system increases home comfort and offers higher efficiency performance in your air conditioning unit.

Are you planning to have an A/C upgrade before the hot season hits in full force? Come talk to the experts at Maddox Residential & Commercial Services and get only what is best for your home!