Sometimes homeowners contact us saying that they want bigger heating and cooling equipment because what they have isn’t doing a good job at keeping their home comfortable. We always ask questions to make sure that new HVAC equipment would solve their problem. Before you invest money in a new air conditioner or furnace, a home performance assessment can determine if your current system is really the problem.
This was the case with one client:
“We had some cold spots in our house in the winter and thought we needed extra heating. After doing a home heat study, P.K. Wadsworth told us that if they were to sell us a bigger furnace we would be wasting our money. Instead, they recommended a cheaper solution, better insulation in the cold areas. They handled everything and even came back at no charge to retest and found a few small spots that needed more insulation.”
What happens during a home performance assessment?
- Inspect the ductwork to make sure the air from your HVAC system is able to get where it should.
- Perform a blower door test to measure total air leakage and find air leakage sites.
- Determine your home’s energy efficiency using an infrared camera to detect areas of inadequate insulation and air leakage.
- Verify that the current furnace and air conditioner are able to meet the needs of the home.
Identifying and fixing these problems first might even cause you to need a smaller, more cost effective, furnace and/or air conditioning unit. It can definitely reduce your utility costs! Sometimes replacing your furnace and air conditioner is what you need to do. But why not take the time to make sure the purchase you are making will solve your problem?
Kim Nemecek works for P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
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