Home cooling and heating account for about half of the annual energy expenses in the typical household utility budget. If you’re planning an HVAC installation, take the time to explore opportunities to save energy dollars by installing energy-efficient home comfort systems sporting the Energy Star logo. Your installation will go more smoothly with better results over the life of your new heating and cooling equipment.
Energy Star Home Performance Program
The Energy Star Home Performance program was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to encourage home efficiency by identifying HVAC systems, appliances, efficiency upgrades, electronics and other products which promote superior home energy efficiency. The program labels these products with the Energy Star logo.
HVAC Upgrades and Your Contractor
By selecting an HVAC contractor who participates in the Energy Star Home Performance program, you're assured that your contractor has received the training to calculate and implement optimal home-efficiency improvements and then select and install Energy Star-qualified home comfort systems. These qualified systems handily surpass the performance of old systems and that of newer competing models without the Energy Star logo.
Home Energy Evaluation
A comprehensive home energy evaluation is performed by your contractor to identify systems which waste energy. Energy efficiency and conservation improvements are suggested to boost the operation of your heating and cooling system upgrades. These are the evaluation methods and areas:
- Blower door test reveals air leakage rates. Home-efficiency improvements could include caulking windows, installing outlet gaskets, Energy Star-qualified window upgrades and more.
- Infrared scanning reveals heat gain and loss issues related to insulation deficiencies. Your contractor should check to make sure attic insulation is installed up to R-60, and boost insulation in other areas to impede energy losses.
- HVAC evaluation includes air leak testing of ductwork, checking ventilation for combustion systems and taking gas leak detection and carbon monoxide (CO) readings.
Once your home has been professionally evaluated and you're happy with any home-efficiency sealing and upgrades, you're ready to work with your contractor to design an HVAC installation which will provide years of efficient operation with maximum home comfort.
To learn more about the Energy Star logo and Home Performance program, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today. We've provided 77 years of quality service for Cleveland area homeowners.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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