Many Pacific Northwest houses suffer from a number of problems that homeowners do not realize are energy related. Energy audits help you discover where and how your home is using energy and what can be done to ensure it is operating efficiently.
At HomeRx Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are highly trained and experienced in energy services for your Portland, Bend, or Seattle area home. As your home ages, the wear and tear of seasonal elements take their toll on even the best original construction.
This is why a comprehensive home energy audit is so important to the regular care and maintenance of your home.
Get the Benefits of Efficiency
When you invest in the energy efficiency of your home, your return on investment is high. Taking the necessary steps to improve your home and make it greener will yield several benefits to you. Below are several of the advantages you may expect to experience.
Lowered Bills and Increased Savings
After inspection, your HomeRx professional will furnish you with a detailed report that will provide you with the critical guidance you need to be sure your Oregon or Washington home runs efficiently. Additionally, it will help you to prioritize key cost-effective updates and improvements so your home helps you save money over time.
Improved Comfort, Total Protection
Even the slightest air leak can cause uncomfortable drafts, and improper ventilation can cause mold and mildew, which can lead to an unhealthy environment in your home. When our team performs a home energy audit of your house, we will find the any leaks your home may have and uncover hidden problems affecting your overall home experience. You can count on our energy professionals to provide practical and cost-effective solutions for sealing and protecting your home.
Increased Home Value and Marketability
For every $1 decrease in annual energy costs, the market value of your home increases by approximately $20, according to a study published in the The Appraisal Journal. By decreasing your energy costs by $300 per year, the value of your home could increase by as much as $6,000. That's not all, in a study of home sales across a six-county stretch in the Portland metropolitan area, the Earth Advantage Institute found homes with upgrades for energy efficiency sold for an average 8 percent more than the market average.
Protection of the Environment
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research as of 2011, 11 percent of greenhouse gases generated in the United States come from businesses and residential homes. At HomeRx, we want to do our part to help you do your part in protecting our environment.
How Do You Measure Home Efficiency?
Measuring your home’s efficiency could be an imprecise process, but our highly trained team of energy professionals implements the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index Score to rate your home on its energy efficiency. This third-party-validated system is the most comprehensive home-energy rating system in North America. It has already been used to rate over 1.5 million new homes.
The HERS rating system uses an easy-to-understand index based on a 100-point scale, where the lower the score, the higher the performance. This means the lower your HERS score, the better it is for your home.
This score accounts for everything inside and outside your home, including what goes up on your roof. HERS takes into consideration factors such as plug holes, actual hot water use, drain-water recovery, air conditioners, and renewals such as solar. Energy savings are directly proportional to HERS-point improvements. For example, a 15 percent improved HERS score equals a 15 percent energy savings. These savings translate to money in your pocket.
Contact our HomeRx professionals to discuss HERS in more detail and other ways you can use this energy score to save you money.
Contact HomeRx for All Your Energy Services
Improving your home’s energy efficiency has many benefits, most of them boasting cost savings. Contact our HomeRx Heating & Air Conditioning experts here in the Portland, OR, Bend, OR, and Seattle, WA areas. Call our team at 503-479-5290 or request service online today.