New article for consumers: 6 Reasons to Hire a Professional for Your Home Energy Audit

There are many great resources and tips available for homeowners on how to make their homes more energy-efficient.  But some tasks should be left to the pros.  Inspectors who offer home energy inspections can post this article on their website to give a nudge to their undecided clients:  6 Reasons to Hire a Professional for Your Home Energy Audit.

New six-part inspection article series: The Home Inspector’s Guide to Air Duct Cleaning

Maintaining the home’s HVAC system is vital to keep it running efficiently and holding down energy costs.  But is cleaning out the ductwork part of that strategy?  It may surprise some homeowners and a few home inspectors to learn that the answer is a firm “maybe, maybe not.”  Having the ductwork professionally cleaned may be an appropriate course of action if the system has been contaminated by moisture or mold, but, absent these issues, it may create more issues than it solves. A general amount of airborne dust in a home is normal; homeowners shouldn’t try to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. But before making any recommendations to your clients, read more about it in our six-part article series:  The Home Inspector’s Guide to Air Duct Cleaning.