At Energy Experts (Alicia Air Conditioning), our house-as-a-system approach to home HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems involves a comprehensive program of leak testing throughout the home, performed in strict compliance with the energy audit standards established by the Building Performance Institute, our nation's premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work. During the course of our Whole Home Energy Audit, we test for leaks in your home's:
- Thermal Envelope - consisting of your home's roof, exterior walls, floors, windows, and doors. Air leakage through gaps in this envelope can greatly complicate home heating efforts in the winter, home cooling efforts in the summer, as well as contribute to indoor air quality (IAQ) problems.
- Ductwork System - From which the leakage of conditioned air can cause a significant reduction in the overall efficiency of your home's HVAC system, as well as provide a means for drawing in poor quality air from the spaces in the home such as attics, garages, and crawl spaces in which the ductwork is located, resulting in the distribution of this bad air throughout your home's living area.
- Combustion Appliances - From which gas, oil, or propane leakage can occur, as well as the carbon monoxide produced during the combustion of these fuel sources, causing hazardous indoor air quality and safety conditions for the home's occupants.
The importance of the integrity of a home's thermal envelope cannot be overemphasized when it comes to efficient home heating and cooling. When all of the areas of envelope leakage within a typical home are identified and added together, it is not uncommon for these spaces of air transfer to add up to the equivalent of a 12" x 12" hole in the side of the home. And because warm air always seeks to migrate towards cooler air, this "hole" in the home's structure provides a significant impediment to efficient home heating and cooling, as during hot weather, warm outside air seeps in through the thermal envelope, diluting cool, air conditioned air, while during cold weather, warm, heated air seeps outside through poorly insulated ceilings, attics, and exterior walls. At Energy Experts (Alicia Air Conditioning), our goal is to significantly reduce this air transfer, by properly insulating the major sources where this leakage tends to occur, including attic spaces, and around envelope penetrations such as can lights and register seals.
Damaged, improperly sealed, or poorly insulated ductwork is also a major cause of home HVAC system inefficiency. According to a recent Department of Energy Study, a typical duct system loses 25% to 40% of the energy produced by a central furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner, and not only is this leakage causing enormous energy waste, but it means that this conditioned air is not getting to your home's living space, where it is needed to promote the comfort of your family members and guests. At Energy Experts (Alicia Air Conditioning), we use the most innovative, comprehensive duct testing procedure available to pinpoint any duct system leaks, and then recommend duct sealing, insulation, or replacement services as needed, to ensure that your home's ductwork system functions at maximum efficiency.
Call the HVAC specialists at Energy Experts (Alicia Air Conditioning) today. We service all of Orange County, and are licensed, bonded, and insured.
I wanted to thank Mike Roy and the crew who came to our home to conduct negative pressure test. I was impressed with the time they took inspecting every potential air leak . . .