Each year, the average American home produces more carbon dioxide output than two cars combined. Energy efficient vehicles have made it possible for drivers to inflict less of a strain on the environment without significantly altering their transportation habits, but what is the equivalent for environmentally and cost-concerned homeowners?

Energy-efficient homes can be easier for homeowners to integrate into their lives than energy-efficient cars, and they may even be cheaper. In many instances, unaware homeowners may be emptying their wallets into energy bills that are unnecessarily high and, even worse, easily preventable.

Comprehensive home inspections from Alban Inspections include an energy audit, radon and mold testing, water and septic system evaluation, lead-based paint inspections and HVAC testing. If even one of these systems has been compromised, homeowners may be siphoning away money for no reason. Alban Inspections can help a homeowner cut costs without sacrificing their comfort.

Alban Inspections has 20 years of experience working with homeowners in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania to craft cost-effective and simple energy solutions.

Potential problems lurking around the home

Radon, a radioactive gas, is contained within soil. It can seep into homes and commercial buildings through leeks in basements and is especially prevalent in buildings that are not ventilated properly. If not dealt with, radon can spread throughout a home and harm its inhabitants. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is responsible for 2,900 deaths of non-smokers every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Exposure to mold can also cause homeowners significant difficulties. A 2004 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study found mold could cause home dwellers significant breathing problems. Mold can also exacerbate asthma symptoms and lead to ongoing respiratory illnesses in children.

Because septic systems are contained underground, most homeowners are unaware of problems with their systems until they fail. The cost of replacing a septic system can be as much as $15,000, and failure of a septic system can disrupt the daily operations of a household.

Home inspections target trouble areas

As part of a home inspection, an experienced professional can conduct mold testing to identify mold occurrences and potential problem spots where water may infiltrate a building. They can also inform homeowners about cheap and efficient solutions, such as cleaning using a bleach compound. Homeowners can prevent future mold occurrences by keeping the humidity in their homes low and by ventilating their homes as much as possible.

A home inspector can also complete a non-invasive analysis of a struggling septic system to identify potential problem areas. They can also provide suggestions to the homeowner to maintain the quality of their system, such as regularly pumping the septic tank.

Alban Inspections discovers and solves problems

Whether a homeowner is concerned with lowering their utility bills, producing a cleaner home environment or reducing the size of their carbon footprint, an Alban Inspections energy audit will identify potential problems areas in a home and suggest possible solutions for the homeowner. Alban Inspections provides home and commercial inspections that provide a blueprint that for property owners to make their own decisions.

Many energy-efficient products, especially home appliances, cost a homeowner more in upfront costs, but those costs are whittled away over the life of the product, as energy costs are reduced long-term. For example, energy efficient CFL bulbs cost about five times more than do incandescent bulbs, but they also last 10 times longer, which allows a homeowner to save $100 per bulb over a five-year period.

Alban Inspections has identified and helped solve common problems related to homes for the last 20 years. Professionals from Alban Inspections steer homeowners toward energy efficiency by producing healthy living environments that are relatively cheap to maintain.