Heating & Cooling (HVAC)
Most likely, your Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) systems are not performing at their optimal level. On average, HVAC systems perform at 60% of their listed capacity. Older equipment often performs poorly, but even newer models can waste a great deal of energy and cause wear-and-tear on your system that could cause premature failure.
If your Energy Audit finds that your system is performing poorly, we'll perform comprehensive diagnostic tests to find the specific causes of the problems, and recommend the most appropriate, cost-effective solutions.
Heating and cooling is at the core of our business. We are certified HVAC specialists who can install, repair and service any type or brand of heating and cooling equipment. While many HVAC contractors pay little attention to the Ventilation part of HVAC, we know that proper ventilation is the key to efficient heating and cooling. In addition, we take a "whole house approach" to make sure your equipment is working as effectively and efficiently as possible, and keeping you comfortable.
Here's what makes us different...
- Before recommending any specific solution, we check to make sure that there is proper ventilation in all areas of your home to ensure energy efficiency and good air quality.
- We measure the amount of insulation in your home, because it costs less to add insulation than to keep your heating and cooling equipment running overtime, or to purchase a larger system than you really need.
- We check to see if there are leaks in your duct system, because duct leaks can also keep your system running overtime in order to keep you comfortable while you pay to heat your attic, crawlspace or wall cavities.
- We check for air leaks in your home, so your heated air doesn't slip through the cracks to heat the outdoors.
All these precautions will help reduce your equipment's run-time, which lowers your utility bills, improves your comfort, and reduces wear-and-tear on the equipment, which lowers your risk of premature equipment failure and reduces the need for emergency service calls.
Keep in mind that when it comes to HVAC equipment, bigger is usually not better! In fact, equipment that's too big - or too small - for your needs can cause problems, leaving you with comfort issues and high energy bills. We'll do all the measurements and calculations to determine the right size of HVAC equipment for your home.
Properly sized and functioning heating and cooling equipment can help increase your comfort, save energy, and improve your home's safety and durability. But the first step is to schedule an energy assessment to find out exactly what home improvement work is recommended for your home.
We were unaware of what was involved in an energy audit and your audior took the time to explain everything. We were impressed with the report which told us the areas in which we need to take action on. He never pressured us to use any particular contractors, he just suggested that we go to the Building Energy Pros web site to select contractors of our own choice. He did an excellent job and we HIGHLY recommend the Building Energy Pros. We already have recommended them to several of our neighbors. Again, EXCELLENT JOB!
The Building Energy Pros auditor was very knowledgeable. I was VERY HAPPY with him. He promptly E-mailed my energy audit report to me and I will consider all of his recommendations.
We found out that our house really has no energy problems. We are happy to know that we
I was very satisfied with your energy auditor. He was very qualified and spent a great deal of time with me. The energy audit was very informative.
The energy auditor was very good and helpful. He keeps in touch with me to answer any of my questions.
I was very satisfied with my energy audit. The auditor gave me some tips on attic insulation that were very helpful.
I was very satisfied with my energy audit. Thank you!
Very good service! I am going to replace the windows as the auditor had suggested.
I was very happy with the energy audit. THANKS!
My energy audit was very helpful. Joe Dempsey, your auditor, identified some structural problems that I was not aware of and explained to me why I need more insulation.
The auditor was EXCELLENT! He spent ALOT of time with me. I am going to take 3 to 4 of his suggestions and correct these small items to save on my energy bills.
The auditor did a GREAT JOB! He knew a lot about older homes, which we have. The report was very comprehensive. Thank you!
Your energy auditor was very nice and helpful. He answered all of our questions. We will recommend Building Energy Pros to our friends and neighbors.
The auditor did a TERRIFIC JOB! The report was FANTASTIC! I will make all the repairs he suggested. I will definitely recommend him to everyone I know that could benefit from a home energy audit.
Steve Sleigh, Chevy Chase
The energy auditor was very professional and I am very satisfied with both the energy audit and the report I received. I will be referring the Building Energy Pros.
I was very satisfied with the auditor. He was great and gave me some very valuable information. I will refer him to people I know who may need a home energy audit.
Your home energy audit proved to be very informative and helpful. I was not aware of the updraft created inside our walls because of the balloon framing construction. You said that that can cause heat to be pulled out of the house with the draft going up inside the walls and should be re-mediated. You also said that the attic insulation was insufficient and that fiberglass batts can leave spaces for around the edges causing heat loss and that it should have blown in insulation on top of what was there to seal the whole attic and increase the r factor. After going over your findings and telling me how you would fix the problems you told me how I could do it myself with stuff from the Home Center and for a quarter of the cost. Well, I did. I went into the basement and filled the bottom of the wall joist with unfaced insulation where they set on the sill plate. I then cut one inch foam board the size for each space and set it in and the sealed the edges of that with expanding foam as well as the sill plate to the foundation. I also sealed the sill plate to the foundation where the joist ran along it, as well as the top of those joist where it made contact with the subflooring. Next I went to the home center and rented their blown insulation machine and got ten bales of the insulation. I filled the attic on top of the batt insulation with about six inches giving another r-19 factor on top of the r-19 that was there. You said that the blown in would also help seal the heat loss around the edges of the batt. The work in the basement cost $144.00 and the work in the attic cost $328.00. After the 30% federal energy tax credit it will end up costing me about $330.00, which you said I should recover in savings in the first year. Thank You for all your advice and expertise. You made me aware of things I should consider and did.