The push for more efficient air conditioners and heat pumps aims to trim the 30 percent share of residential electrical energy use devoted to cooling and heating. But the benefits of improved energy efficiency ratings can go for naught if the equipment is not installed properly, as verified in a recent study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
“Our measurements indicate that improper installation could increase household energy use for space heating and cooling on the order of 30 percent over what it should be,” says Piotr Domanski, who leads NIST research on the performance of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and refrigeration equipment.
Commonly reported installation errors—or faults—include leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted air flow.
The bottom line: Sizing, selecting, and installing HVAC equipment according to industry-recognized procedures is critical to ensuring energy efficiency.
An installation from Comfort Air is custom designed to eliminate all of these leading energy robbing factors. We us approved Manual J load calculations to properly size equipment. We pressure test existing duct systems according to PTCS standards, before installation so that if there is attention needed it can be addressed at the time of install. Many of our HVAC systems utilize Trane's patented Charge Assist technology to ensure the refrigerant charge is correct. Undersized return air and/or duct blockage are the leading causes of air restriction, when we design your new HVAC system we pay special attention to how much air your duct work can handle and we always offer duct cleaning on upgraded home comfort systems.
Additionally as a Trane Comfort Specialist our technicians are required to be trained on the latest industry technology and equipment advancements and best practices of service and installation.
Please ask your Comfort Consultant the steps they are taking to ensure your new home comfort system is installed properly.