The most important aspect of a new heating or cooling system is the installation quality. All furnace and air-conditioner manufacturers will agree - if the system is poorly installed, you won't get the comfort or efficiency you should, and the useful life of the equipment will be dramatically reduced.
Few heating or cooling system problems are caused by the equipment, per se. Most issues can be traced to an improper installation.
Installation Quality is Critical
Your heating and cooling system is made up of four major components. First, is the actual heating and cooling equipment. Manufacturers today make very high quality equipment, and this is typically the least likely component to have problems. Second, is the electrical power supply. New air conditioners and furnaces are controlled by computerized circuit boards. If the contractor does not ensure the electrical supply are circuit-protected and properly grounded, problems will occur. Third, is the refrigeration piping and charging. There are many details involved during the installation and the installation technicians must be accurate or your system will not run efficiently. Fourth is the ducted air supply and air distribution system. The air supply and return system must be designed to ensure the air you are paying to heat and cool is being properly delivered to your rooms, and to prevent premature failure of your equipment.
Most contractors do not adhere to quality installation procedures and ignore these three vital installation components of the heating and cooling system. At GreenHomes America, we take the time and effort to install your equipment like it was our own. We don’t cut corners or leave your home a mess. Our installation technicians are specialists. We custom design new systems for our customers to ensure the highest level of comfort and energy efficiency possible.
Bigger Isn’t Always Better!
When it comes to furnaces, boilers, and air-conditioners, bigger isn’t better. You need equipment that is “right-sized.” If the unit is too large for your home, you will not only pay more up front, but you will have higher utility bills over the life of the equipment. Plus, your home will not be as comfortable. Over-sized equipment will operate in short run times or cycles, not allowing the entire home to reach a consistent temperature and in the summer, over-sized air-conditioners will not run long enough to remove humidity from the air. This can create moisture problems and make your home feel “clammy”.
Most heating and cooling systems across the U.S. are over-sized, which result in high utility bills and indoor comfort issues. When builders designed your home, they didn’t want warranty calls for comfort-related issues so they put in larger equipment to compensate for insufficient wall and attic insulation, and massive air leaks that allow hot and cold outside air in your home. When you call a typical contractor to replace your heating or cooling system, they will install the same sized unit.
Not at GreenHomes America. Our goal is to save you money. We encourage you to have a comprehensive home energy audit performed on your home before you replace your heating equipment or air conditioner. If you allow us to seal all the major air leaks in your home and then super insulation your attic and/or walls, we will be able to put in smaller heating and cooling equipment. This will not only lower your utility bills but you will also have even temperatures throughout your home for a more comfortable living environment.
We’ve installed thousands of heating and cooling systems, and optimized the attics and walls in thousands of homes so when you need a heating or air conditioning system, give us a call. We will treat you like family and ensure your home is optimized for energy efficiency. We will save you money on your utility bills and provide you with the comfort you deserve.
We also offer a number of written guarantees to ensure your satisfaction and we have several financing options with low monthly payments.
If you have a forced air furnace or central air conditioner, you’ll have ductwork that carries the warm and cool air your equipment creates to different rooms in the house. Ducts are typically sheet metal or “flexible”.
If you have flexible ducts and they are over 10 to 15 years old, they probably need to be replaced. Older flexible ducts often have very poor insulation, may have asbestos as the insulation material, and they likely have rips and tears. In addition, many contractors do not properly seal the duct connections when they’re installed which leads to the air you’re paying to create to be dissipated in the attic, basement, and walls. This is not what you want.
If you are in the process of having your flexible ducts replaced, you want to look for the following qualities from the contractor:
- R-8 insulation is best; go no lower than R-6.
- Ensure there is a 3-step; UL 181 approved duct sealing process
- Anti-microbial lining ensures contaminants don’t adhere to the duct lining
- Insist upon dense weave/heat resistant jackets
- Ask about balancing dampers if you have rooms that are far apart
Ductwork must be well-sealed, insulated, and balanced to ensure your home’s heating and cooling systems work as efficiently as possible. Most homes have leaky ductwork and insufficient air flow, which results in an uncomfortable living environment — regardless of the thermostat setting.
A duct system that is properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and deliver cleaner air.
Replacing or making improvements to your duct system can:
- Improve Comfort
- Sealing and insulating ducts can help with common comfort problems, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
- Enhance Indoor Air Quality
Fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, and dust can enter your duct system, aggravating asthma and allergy problems. Sealing ducts can help improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.
Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings. Plus, if you’re planning to install new heating and cooling equipment, a well-designed and sealed duct system may allow you to downsize to a smaller, less costly heating and cooling system that will provide better dehumidification.
GreenHomes are experts in sealing your home’s ducts to optimize air flow. They also insulate ductwork in attics and crawlspaces to provide maximum comfort.