As cold as it gets in Omaha and Council Bluffs, winter can actually be a very pleasant season. Yes, there’s snow to shovel from time to time, but there’s no grass to mow, no weeding or planting to be done, no outdoor projects to be completed.

But there’s one project that you should seriously consider doing this winter. Now’s an opportune time to call your trusted HVAC contractor and have a thorough home energy evaluation done. The sooner you do that, the sooner you can start saving.

A home energy evaluation gives you a clear picture of just how efficient — or inefficient — your home is. Your energy auditor will use highly sophisticated equipment, such as a blower door test, to locate sources of air leaks in your home. These spots include places where lines and cables enter your home, as well as drafty doors and windows. The tests will also identify places such as your attic that could use more insulation. Your auditor will inspect your home-comfort system and your ductwork, finding spots that are leaking and need repair.

At the end of the evaluation, your auditor will draw up a list of recommendations and help you prioritize the improvements your home needs, which may range from replacing your old doors and windows with energy-efficient units to getting a new heating system. You are under no obligation to buy equipment from your auditor, and you can complete the projects as quickly or as slowly as you like.

If you’re interested in having an energy evaluation performed on your home, contact Fred’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Omaha and Council Bluffs to schedule an appointment with a professional energy auditor. With a few more months of winter ahead, it’s a good way to start saving money now.