Over a million homes across the U.S. have swapped out their old HVAC systems for modern, Energy Star units. The ultimate goal being maximum energy efficiency for reduced utility bills and decreased negative environmental impact.
Unfortunately according to several studies the EPA reports that nearly half of those systems will never perform to their advertised capacity due to poor design and improper installation.
The good news is: For the first-time in modern history, homeowners have an actual seal of Energy Star HVAC performance; a definitive resource for ensuring their system is fulfilling its "efficient" nameplate.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with Southface Energy Institute, re-launched its Energy Star Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI) program.
Here to walk you through this truly inspired breakthrough is Georgia's leading name in home comfort creation, Reliable Heating & Air.
New Unit, Old Problems
The most common cause of faulty HVAC performance is improper installation due to oversized units. Homeowners mistakenly believe bigger is better. Supersizing a unit puts stress on the system and wreaks havoc on its components and results in a host of issues, such as:
- Unit emits loud noises
- Frequent on/off cycling
- Wide temperature swings
- Poor humidity control producing a stuffy feeling inside home
- Presence of allergens, mold, dust inside the home
- Moisture buildup in walls, ceilings, floors from trapped condensate
- Continued high energy bills
- And, in the worst case, potential health costs. One of the most dangerous side effects of a defective system is called back-drafting, whereby gases such as carbon monoxide carried through the flue are sucked back into the house, rather than being emitted through the exhaust system outside.
New Unit, Same Problems
A properly designed and sized ENERGY STAR grade HVAC system alone does not equal energy efficiency. Other factors include:
- Check/Adjust refrigerant charge to ensure its set for optimal comfort
- Check/Adjust electrical connections of equipment to ensure voltage isn't too high or too low
- Check/Adjust air volume flowing into each room
- Check/Adjust exhaust fans to make sure they're not vented to inside the home
- Check/Adjust combustion appliances such as furnaces, boiler, and water heaters to ensure safe operation and suitable orientation
- Check/Adjust outside air inlets to make sure they're located away from known contamination sources
- Most importantly, check/adjust duct systems. In a typical home, about 20% of air moving through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poor connection. Ducts are often installed with kinks, sharp bends, and excessive coiling to cram them into cavities.
ESVI certified systems ensure ducts run straight, are properly supported, are insulated in unconditioned spaces, and are properly sized and sealed with durable materials to prevent air seepage into the walls, ceilings and floors.
Seal of Approval
How can you get an ESVI?
Step 1: Locate a participating HVAC contractor. Done! In 2017, Reliable Heating & Air became the nation's first company to provide ESVI certificates of their systems.
Step 2: Contractor installs or inspects a homeowners' current HVAC system to ensure it meets the optimum standards for efficiency and precision.
Step 3: When the inspection is complete, the contractor submits his/her work for testing and verification from an independent, third party.
Step 4: Once the quality of the work is confirmed, the homeowner receives the ESVI certificate.
The Benefits of Being ESVI-Certified
In addition to peace of mind knowing that your Energy Star system is using 15-30% less energy than older models, all the while reducing toxic, greenhouse gases into the environment, having the ESVI certificate also carries these perks:
- Advanced moisture control
- Improved indoor air quality
- Quieter operation
- Properly sized ducts which accommodate an unimpeded path for conditioned air to reach every space in your home
- Premium air filters
- Extended equipment life
- Verification of superior heating and cooling efficiency could mean increased home value
First in Line
Being the nation's first company to implement the ESVI certification program is a long-standing pattern for Reliable Heating & Air. Since 1978, Reliable has been at the forefront of innovative home comfort technology, unwavering in its commitment to providing preeminent systems for Georgia residents, without sacrificing environmental or financial wellbeing.
Contact Reliable Heating & Air to take advantage of the incredible, ESVI program, along with the company's cutting-edge, remote HVAC monitoring system.