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Yes, you heard right, an audit! This is not your average audit; we offer a more professional solution then just switching to compact fluorescent lamps. We want to help you save money on your utility bills and maximize your comfort in your home! That is why our certified professionals run a series of tests for our advanced home energy audit. So what kind of tests do we run?

    Insulation R-rating for walls, attic, and foundation
    Heating and cooling equipment
    Whole house air leakage (blower door test)
    Ductwork leakage
    Electrical and lighting analysis
    Water heater and water usage
    Carbon monoxide
    Flue draft

How does this benefit you?

    Eliminate energy wastefulness
    Enhance your home’s comfort
    Reduce toxic indoor air pollutants
    Upgrade your home’s safety
    Exceed new government environmental and energy-consumption standards
    Decrease dependence on energy sources from outside the United States
    Maximize the resale value of your home

Casteel’s experienced professionals work with you through the whole process, we even conduct an interview to better understand what an ideal energy-efficient home means to you. We also provide a no obligation quote outlining the best course of action for making your ideal energy efficient home a reality.

If you live in a moderate climate, heat pumps are a great energy efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps use electricity to move the heat from a cool space into a warm one. This process keeps the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. The most common heat pump is an air-source heat pump. This heat pump moves heat, rather than generating heat which can provide up to four times the amount of energy they consume.

According to the U.S Department of Energy a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30%-40%. These savings can significantly lower your utility bills. Another great aspect of a heat pump is that it also acts a dehumidifier and works better than most standard central air conditioners. You can add on advanced air filtration to your heat pump system. This removes more dust, pollen and other irritants from your conditioned air allowing you to breath easy. Also, the fans in the heat pump adjust quietly, allowing you maximum comfort in your home.

If you are considering a heat pump as an energy efficient alternative first consider the climate you live in. If temperatures drop too low, your heat pump will have a difficult time keeping the temperature in your home up. Otherwise, we highly recommend this energy efficient alternative for your home.

Bob Casteel and Casteel Heating and Cooling not only leads the nation in Amana Ultra High-Efficiency HVAC units but they are also a green business leader in Cobb County. According to “Cobb In Focus” magazine, “the company’s current initiatives now include collecting and safely disposing of environmentally detrimental air conditioning refrigerant and promoting greener alternatives; providing customers with a range of total-home energy reduction solutions, including endorsing Energy Star programs; participating in reforestation efforts with the Georgia Forestry Commission; and recycling all metals and plastics used by the company as well as using recycled office products.”

Most potential home buyers wouldn’t dream of purchasing a property without getting a home inspection to look for structural problems, water damage, and other potentially costly issues. But few people consider the energy efficiency of a home, and an inefficient home can cost you a lot of money over the years.

If you’re out shopping for a new home, consider asking the seller to have an energy audit done on the home. This will show you where there’s room for future home improvements, but it will also help point out major problems, such as insufficient insulation, air leaks in the foundation or attic, and inefficient heating and cooling systems.

Aside from knowing where there are issues before you buy, you can also use the information gleaned in an energy audit to either reduce the price of the home based on the cost of renovations you’d have to complete, or you can ask the seller to have some of the renovations done before closing.

In the end, a little forethought regarding the efficiency of your new home can make a real difference for both your bottom line and your environmental footprint.

Casteel Heating and Cooling performs energy audits and will be glad to schedule one for you today!

Article cited: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/newhome-energy-audit-beforebuy.html