Did you know the City of Austin requires an ECAD energy audit before you sell your home (with only a few exceptions)? If you have not replaced your AC or had energy work done on your home in the last 10 years, your house would be more “sellable” if you upgraded your insulation and ductwork before you sold your home. What may look like a $2000 improvement to the buyer, may really only have cost you $1000 (after Austin Energy rebates and Texas Gas rebates) and may help you sell your house faster. Most weatherization work, regardless of upfront cost, ends up costing the seller 50% or less after rebates.
Several years ago, Austin passed the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance that requires most sellers to provide information about how energy efficient the home is. This was done to encourage energy efficient work to be performed by the seller and make the home more “sellable”. The benefit to the buyer was having the knowledge of approximate utility usage to determine if the home is really affordable. An ECAD audit usually takes less than an hour to perform and addresses the age of the air conditioner (possibly its SEER), the condition of the ductwork, the level of insulation, how much direct sun comes through the windows, and finally, determine how “leaky” the home is and if it needs weatherstripping.
Remember, it’s a win-win for both the buyer and the seller to have an ECAD audit done when buying or selling your home. Call A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning & Home Solutions to discuss whether getting the work done in advance or having an ECAD audit done at the time of sale is better for you. 512-450-1980 or hvac99@AplusAC.com.