Have you ever wondered if the wrong heating and/or cooling system was installed in your home?
Perhaps your family notices wide temperature changes. Utility bills are more than you thought they would be. Summertime humidity seems unusually high. Or the system is noisy and more likely to need frequent service.
When we hear these complaints, we know that the odds are that your house doesn’t have too small of a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner…but too large of one!
Not all contractors take the time and care to properly calculate your home’s required “energy load” before recommending a unit to install. Some will think they are “playing it safe,” ordering “the next unit up” in size and capacity. Also, some homeowners, who might have been unhappy with the performance of an older system, mistakenly think the size was the problem, and will ask for a higher-capacity unit the next time.
The ideal operating condition for a furnace, heat pump or a/c system is one where the entire system operates at fairly even, regular intervals. To maintain the desired temperature, the unit puts out just enough comfortable air in a quiet, efficient fashion. Anything less — or more — simply burns more fuel and wears out the components.
This can be a serious issue. If your furnace is oversized, the heat exchanger in the system builds up too much static pressure, runs hot, and eventually will crack — a serious health and safety concern.
Also of concern is the condition of your ductwork in relation to the power plant. Ducts that are small cannot distribute the more powerful output of an oversized furnace or air conditioner. They need a smaller unit. Ducts that are leaky or dirty “waste” from 25-40% of the “good air” that was supposed to enter your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Our certified and trained professionals will perform a Home & Duct Performance Assessment.
Here’s what we’ll do: an infra-red camera will check your home’s insulation. An infiltrometer test will measure your home’s air infiltration. Combined with data from air duct leakage, airflow and static pressure tests, we will perform a computerized load calculation of your home.
These tests will pinpoint for us exactly how many BTUs are needed to keep your family comfortable in all types of weather conditions, given the house’s current weatherization and ductwork. Our recommended solution may suggest an aeroseal treatment of the ductwork to eliminate leaks. Sometimes this is all that’s needed! But we will also give you the information you need to make a smart decision regarding the furnace, heat pump or air conditioning system in your home. This could even include a discussion of your system’s thermostats — a smart move is often to use a programmable or internet-enabled thermostat to maximize your family’s comfort and your HVAC system’s operating performance.
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