Sometimes known simply as HVAC, heating, ventilation and air conditioning are extremely important to a home’s comfort, efficiency and safety. When we perform an energy audit or assessment on a home, we are looking at how air and heat move throughout the living spaces. When we notice areas that handle your heat or air ineffectively, we recommend measures to help you gain control. The first step to gaining control is sealing up air leaks and ensuring that insulation is effective across the entire thermal barrier to the outside. Once a home’s envelope is sealed and insulated we focus on the mechanical side of things–the home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Keeping your home cool isn’t just about pumping as much cool are in as possible. It’s about making sure you have the right system for your specific home and making sure that cool, expensive air goes where you want it to. A home with too much AC will often feel cool and clammy, as the unit pumps in too much cool air without pulling enough moisture out of the air. You will also pay more for a more powerful system. If a system is too small, you will also end up paying more for less comfort. An overworked system is less efficient and more susceptible to a break down. We can help you size your system and get the most out of the energy that goes into cooling the air, bring you comfort for less!
It is important for your ventilation, which includes your ductwork, to be clean and well sealed. When we talk about comfort, health and efficiency, your ventilation plays a big role. Clean ventilation and ductwork contributes to a healthy living environment by keeping your indoor air clean and fresh. Sealing your ventilation and ducts properly means more of your conditioned air reaches you lived in spaces, which means your heating and cooling systems do not need to work as hard. This saves you money in operating costs, increases your comfort and increases the life spans of your systems.
Much like air conditioning, heating starts at the building envelope to ensure that the heat generated makes as big an impact as possible. Once the system as a whole is efficient, we look to your heating equipment to see if it is able to provide optimal comfort within that system. If it can, great! Efficiency and comfort has been enhanced at a low cost. If it can’t, we’ll evaluate your options and provide recommendations for a system that will fit your home, enhance your comfort and do so efficiently.