Aug 9, 2012

Have You Ever Heard of a Home Energy Survey?

Energy seems to be on most people's minds these days and for good reason. With the costs should going up every time you blink your eyes, conserving home energy is one of the best ways to save money. There are now home energy surveys that you can get done on a home to find ways to save money.

This type of survey is perfect for any homeowner, but particularly for someone that is interested in purchasing a new home. You can make a request for a survey to be done, at your expense of course, before making any commitments. This will give you a general idea of how the house is performing energy wise and whether any major repairs will be needed to bring the energy consumption up to a standard or a higher level.

The first thing that will take place with this home energy survey is a walkabout throughout the home by a professional to give it a full visual inspection. Windows, doors and insulation will be examined to make sure that there are no drafts or air being lost anywhere in the home.

The heating and cooling systems will be thoroughly checked as well as the ventilation and duct work. Appliances can also be examined if they are being sold with the home. The inspector will be looking not only for air leakages but for moisture as well.

High-tech equipment can also be used to create these reports. These devices search for deeper issues. The inspection can also include a search for mold and mildew, which may be important if anyone with allergies is planning on moving into the new home.

These reports are surprisingly reasonably priced and will give you a good indication about the energy efficiency of the new home you're planning on purchasing or the current home you live in. As well, if you're planning on selling your home in the near future and you have just installed new windows and doors, you may want to get one of these reports on your own and use it as a selling feature.

There's nothing worse than moving into a new home and finding out that there are air pockets around the house that are going to eat up your energy consumption on a regular basis. While this is just one of the many things that you need to think about when purchasing a home, it is becoming a major one as the prices of utilities continue to soar.

Article by Sharon Freeman on Taylors, One of Sydney’s leading Estate Agents, check out their website for more information.

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