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Energy Evaluations Show If Your HVAC Equipment Needs Upgraded

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

If your heating and cooling equipment is getting up there in years and you're not sure whether to replace it, getting more information about your home's current energy efficiency can help you make a decision.

Energy evaluations, also called audits, provide you with a detailed account of your HVAC system's performance and other areas where you can make improvements to save money. Energy evaluations can give you an indication how your monthly utility bills might change if you upgrade.  Remember that life style decisions andhome energy audits variation in weather or utility costs can significantly effect your results, too.

Energy evaluations include an assessment of your HVAC equipment, but that is not the only factor they address. Here is what you can expect from energy evaluations:

  • Your contractor will ask questions about your home comfort. This is your opportunity to mention hot and cold spots, mold growth, drafty areas or any other home comfort problems you may be experiencing.
  • All energy evaluations include an equipment inspection to ensure that your heating and cooling systems are correctly installed and functioning properly. System efficiency and airflow will also be checked. The results of this test will indicate whether or not it is time to upgrade.
  • A load calculation will use a number of factors to determine whether your heating and cooling equipment is properly sized. If it is not, it should be replaced.
  • Energy evaluations also include an inspection of your existing insulation to determine whether you have sufficient levels throughout your home.
  • Many energy evaluations include an air leakage assessment that uses a blower-door test to determine where conditioned air leaks out of your home.

The data gathered from energy evaluations should be analyzed and interpreted by a professional to ensure that appropriate recommendations are made. The professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling can help you interpret energy evaluations and decide which new equipment is right for your home. Our experts are familiar with the heating and cooling patterns of the Cleveland area, so you can be sure your home comfort needs will be met.  Contact us and we will help you determine which equipment is right for you and your family.

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Topics: HVAC system, PKWadsworth, home energy audit, energy evaluations, heating and cooling equipment

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