Don’t blame the furnace. If a house has too many air leaks and too little insulation, even a new furnace will have to work overtime to maintain comfortable temperatures.
In this era of rising energy costs, many homeowners are taking a closer look at the cost of heating and cooling their home.
If you have a furnace or heat pump that’s more than 10 years old, you’re may be wondering whether repairs or even a full replacement is necessary. However, there are other things you can do to benefit your HVAC system before or along with a replacement.
Complete Home Solutions's mission is to help homeowners enjoy more comfort in their homes, while paying less on monthly utility bills. Our solutions to comfort and energy problems are based on expert diagnosis, and on proven principles of building science – the study of how different systems in a house perform and interact. We’ll evaluate not just your HVAC equipment, but also all the features and conditions that affect HVAC system performance.
If you're interested in HVAC replacement, or other energy-saving services that will bolster your heating and cooling system performance, schedule a free estimate with Complete Home Solutions in D.C. & MD!
If you have an older HVAC system that needs replacement or even if you're sticking with your current setup, it makes good sense to invest in two affordable, cost-effective upgrades. These permanent, once-and-done improvements help ensure that any HVAC system (new or old) will perform at peak efficiency.
Even a new, high-efficiency HVAC system will perform poorly if it’s connected to a ductwork system plagued by leaks and inadequate insulation. Tests have shown that leaky ductwork can reduce HVAC system performance by as much as 30%. With leaky ducts, air that you’ve paid to heat or cool is lost to your attic, crawl space or basement before it gets to your living space.
This forces your HVAC system to work overtime in order to produce comfortable temperatures. Missing insulation or inadequate duct insulation is another common problem. It makes no sense to send heated air through unprotected ducts in a frigid attic. Fortunately, Complete Home Solutions can detect and correct these ductwork problems so that your HVAC system can work properly.
Even though the Department of Energy recommends an attic insulation value of R-60 for Maryland homes (about a 16-inch layer of cellulose insulation), many homes just have a few inches of insulation – equivalent to R-19 or less. With so little insulation and so many air leaks in a home’s “building envelope,” no HVAC system can perform economically.
Using a proven “ABC” strategy (Attic, Basement, Conditioned space), Complete Home Solutions can upgrade insulation levels and seal energy-wasting air leaks in key parts of the house. When properly installed, these improvements can cut your heating and cooling costs nearly in half.
If and when you do replace your HVAC system, insulation and air sealing upgrades will enable you to buy a downsized furnace or heat pump. Complete Home Solutions has access to the most advanced high-efficiency HVAC equipment available in your area. Contact us today to get started!