Considering a High Efficiency HVAC System?Published on: April 25, 2012
If your home is not as energy efficient as you would like it to be, consider contacting an air conditioning installation and repair company for a home energy audit. Most air conditioning installation and repair companies offer this service to their customers as a means of helping them to lower utility bills and decrease their environmental impact. You simply need to contact a local HVAC dealer to request an appointment.
When you are searching for an air conditioning installation and repair company to perform the home energy audit, make sure that it is a Carrier factory authorized dealer. The status of Carrier factory authorized dealer is not an easy one to come by, so you know that the company had to work very hard to achieve it. Before allowing any HVAC company to call itself a Carrier factory authorized dealer, the Carrier Company requires an application and an on-site visit. While at the air conditioning installation and repair company that applied to be a Carrier factory authorized dealer, Carrier looks at business practices and analyzes customer satisfaction surveys. Additionally, Carrier requires HVAC companies to have one or more service technicians certified by the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program before granting the Carrier factory authorized dealer status.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with a Carrier factory authorized dealer, you should set aside three to four hours for an energy auditor to complete his or her work. To start the appointment, the energy auditor from the air conditioning installation and repair company that you choose will ask you several questions about your energy goals. From there, the auditor will inspect each room in your home, along with your air conditioner, furnace, major appliances and anything else that requires energy to use. He or she may also request copies of your heating and cooling bills over the past year.
Once the energy auditor has completed his or her findings, the next step is to present you with recommendations. Some of the common problems that are uncovered in energy audits include the following:
• An insufficient amount of home insulation or insulation that has been damaged by moisture or rodents.
• An inefficient heating system or air conditioner.
• Heat loss due to inefficient door and window design.
• Water heating systems that people aren’t using because they are too expensive to operate.
• People not taking advantage of the benefits of direct sunlight.
Fortunately, many of these common problems are easy and inexpensive to fix, with the exception of upgrading your HVAC system. If you decide to go that route, the heating and cooling company can provide you with numerous options available from Carrier. As the oldest manufacturer in the industry, Carrier offers products that are durable and backed by an extended warranty.
After you have incorporated some of the energy efficiency suggestions from the auditor, you should notice a decrease in your utility costs and an increase in comfort. Additionally, the air in your home will be healthier for everyone to breathe.