Why Choose Us for Energy Audits?
- Founding Partner of the Austin Energy Home Performance Program
- Local Family Business That Pioneered ECAD Energy Program
- Fast Response & Quick Turnaround
- We Can Help You Sell Your Home
- Realtor's Best Friend
- Competitive Pricing
As a founding partner of the Austin Energy Home Performance Program, A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions specializes in performing many types of energy audits and independent testing for Austin, Texas residents, including ECAD Audits that may be required to sell your home and other Energy Audits to see what recommendations are needed to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Our team has years of experience performing ECAD energy audits, so you can trust that all work will be carried out accurately!
One of our primary goals is to make sure your home is energy efficient as possible with everything from insulation to air balancing services.
Benefits of Getting an Energy Audit
Energy audits are beneficial for a number of reasons. If you are a homeowner or realtor preparing to sell a home, having a home energy audit can be a great selling point.
- Avoid guesswork: Get a detailed report on where your property may need repairs.
- Lower energy bills: An energy audit helps you understand the return on your investment if you were to make repairs to your home, such as duct sealing, insulation or window replacement.
- Gain a competitive advantage: If your home's energy bill is lower than one in the same neighborhood and price point gives you an edge over the home whose annual energy bill is higher.
- Increase market value: Homes that have energy labeling can significantly increase its property value.
- Improve indoor air quality: Homes that are more energy-efficient tend to also have a cleaner HVAC system. This means fewer allergens and contaminants are entering the home's air.
We Perform Austin ECAD Audits for Residential, Multi-Family & Commercial Clients
The Austin Energy Conservation Audit & Disclosure (ECAD) is unique to electricity users in Austin. If you are buying or selling a home, own a multi-family complex (apartments or four-plexes), or own a commercial business, you’re required to have an Austin ECAD audit. Our Energy Auditors will come out to the property, perform all the necessary tests and submit the required paperwork to the City of Austin. The ECAD is designed to inform new homeowners about the home’s energy “condition” & shares information regarding any energy efficient modifications that are recommended for the home. Similarly, knowing the energy “condition” (and its utility usage patterns) of the apartment complex you might lease, can help you make an informed decision on what your monthly power bills may be. Our auditors are also knowledgeable about audits that may be required for commercial buildings.
We Partner With Austin Energy on Audits & Weatherization
Visual Audits (Basics Only)
A Visual Audit includes taking a visual impression of the building from the outside first, followed by the inside in order to learn about:
- The building’s orientation
- What windows get direct sun
- The ducts and ensuring they are in good shape
- The insulation and ensuring it is up to recommended levels.
The program that uses this type of audit is the Austin Home Performance Program. A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions was a pioneer contractor when the program began in 1971, and we continue to be one of the most qualified and certified contractors in the Central Texas region.
Comprehensive Energy Audits (Testing Included)
Are you the type of homeowner who likes recommendations based on testing and numbers? We are certified and qualified to use the “blower door” to test for home air leaks and how much leakage there is. We can also test your ducts for air leakage using our duct blaster. Lastly, we can make sure there is proper airflow in each room using an air-balancing hood. We can use all these tools to help determine and quantify what is necessary to improve your homes performance. In addition, if you are replacing your existing heating and cooling system, we can use a manual J to determine the proper size of a replacement air conditioner. The fees to perform these services are reasonable and the results can better inform you regarding how to invest your money.
Third Party Contractor Testing
This is another unique Austin, TX program. When someone builds a new home or remodels an existing home, the city of Austin requires a contractor who did not participate in the installation of the new heating and cooling system to independently test the duct system for air leakage and perform room-by-room air balancing. A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions is proud to be part of this program as an approved contractor for conducting third-party inspections.
New Construction Audit (Plan Review)
If you’re looking for a contractor to review your new building plans, evaluate your energy conservation features in your new place, or to ensure your new AC unit is properly sized, we can help. We can run a manual J and review your builder’s recommendations. Many times, we can find small, incremental suggestions that will provide long-term savings for your Austin home. Call us to see how we can assist you with your new construction-audit needs.
Keep the air inside your home from going outside with weatherization services.
Government Energy Audits (WAP, LIHEAP, Frontier, CEAP)
A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions has consultants trained to do different types of government energy conservation audits. Our auditors are BPI trained and educated in the use of the National Energy Audit Tool audit program. At A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions, we’ve worked extensively with NEAT’s locally-approved vendor list:
- Austin Energy
- Travis County
- CPS (San Antonio)
Over the past several years, A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions has been fortunate to help hundreds of low-income homeowners throughout the Austin, TX area and the state. We feel fortunate to continue participating in these programs.