The past winter here in Maine was brutal. With constant subzero temperatures, high winds, and somewhat unpredictable storms, it’s not a surprise that many homeowners from Rockland to Portland were feeling the chill. If you were one of the many with a cold home and high heating costs, chances are that during the summer you’ll be too hot.
Fortunately, it’s possible to finally make sure your home is comfortable year-round and avoid rising heating and cooling costs. To prepare your home for the next few months of extreme weather, you should start with an energy audit.
Locating Problem Areas in Your Midcoast or Southern Maine Home
Like a visit to the doctor when you’re sick, a home energy audit involves a professional diagnosis of what’s causing problems in your home. If you’ve been uncomfortable and struggling with increasing energy bills, an energy audit will help to determine the root of the issue.
In most Maine homes, the issues with discomfort and high energy bills stem from a lack of proper air sealing and insulation. After a complete analysis using scientific methods and advanced tools, like an infrared camera and a blower door, you’ll receive a full report including recommendations for what your home needs and the precise locations in which work should be done. For example, it’s common to see lots of energy loss through the attic and around windows and doors.
Air Sealing & Insulation for Comfort & Savings
Your home’s structure contains gaps and cracks that allow air in and out. During the winter this means warm air escapes, while during the summer these seemingly small gaps allow hot air from outside to enter. Air sealing to create a more airtight barrier prevents air leaks and infiltration, helping to increase comfort and reduce energy waste.
Although air sealing helps to increase energy efficiency, it’s only when it’s combined with proper insulation that your home can be truly energy efficient and comfortable. Insulation provides a thermal boundary, preventing heat from passing through readily. It helps in the winter by keeping heat in and works to keep the heat out in the summer.
Get Your Home Ready for Summer
So if you struggled to keep your home warm during the winter, it’s time to make improvements that will keep your home cool and comfortable during the summer. By starting with an energy audit from the experts at Evergreen Home Performance, you’ll receive a unique prescription for what your home needs. Improving air sealing and insulation will provide the benefits of comfort throughout the entire year and reduced energy bills.