Spring has finally sprung. The cold days are (well, for the most part) behind us but the heat of summer hasn’t yet arrived. Because of the “in between” nature of temperatures during the Spring season, many don’t think about home efficiency and energy. Spring is often a time when homeowners can get away with both little heat and still almost no air conditioning energy in the home to keep things comfortable.
The truth is, Spring is perhaps one of the best times to keep home energy and performance top of mind if you’re a homeowner. It’s a great time for maintenance, improvement projects and efficiency steps to help ensure your home is in tip top shape. One of the ways to take advantage of Spring is to have a home performance assessment. Doing so in this “off season” has a lot of different benefits.
First, a break in the cold weather from the winter months often means a break in the schedules of top contractors and home energy experts. Scheduling a comprehensive energy assessment may be easiest and most flexible during this time. Home energy professionals have spent the last few months not only carrying out assessments, but also answering to calls of heating emergencies. Theoretically, these emergencies become few and far between as things start to warm up. However, waiting too long can mean the busy summer season will kick into full swing. For these reasons, Spring may be the perfect time to explore having a home performance assessment done in your house.
As we’ve discussed on the blog, full home performance assessments, like those we perform at Bel Red, can include thermographic analysis—the use of infrared technology—to identify areas in your home where leaks occur and where efficiency can be improved. These tests only work when there is still a fairly drastic difference between the indoor temperature and outdoor temperature of your home. Waiting until it is warm outside during the summer means these tests aren’t often possible. During the Spring it still gets cold at night, making Spring mornings perfect for infrared testing. This enables home energy professionals to identify the biggest areas of heat loss in your home, which will also lead to keeping your cool air in during the upcoming summer.
Speaking of getting ready for summer, preparation and knowledge are the most powerful tools in battling the trials and tribulations of home efficiency. By determining how your home can be most efficient during an offseason like Spring, you can have some time to make improvements prior to another heavy energy usage season like Summer. Heightening your home’s performance before the first day of hot weather even hits is the best way to ensure you’ll be saving as much energy (and money) as possible.
If you’d like to explore the benefits of having your own Spring home performance assessment, contact us today at Bel Red.