If you are a consumer seeking guidance before you begin your project, we are here to help. We are solution providers working for you to ensure quality workmanship and energy efficiency, while protecting your investment. We are a knowledgeable and trusted resource, and we offer a lifetime of experience in Energy Efficient Products, Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Air Source Heat Pumps, Indoor Air Quality and Humidity Control. Some of our most popular services include: air sealing, blower door testing, building diagnostics, crawlspace encapsulation, indoor air quality, insulating, performance testing and thermal imaging.
Proper diagnostic testing and measuring are the first steps to improving energy efficiency. We will ensure you have not missed any expensive steps.
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Our passion is to educate our customers and ensure work is done with precision, to code and with energy efficiency in mind. No exceptions! With a lifetime of experience in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) and construction trades, we understand the importance of properly-sized and designed systems as well as performance testing after the installation. Over the years we have been very unfortunate to have witnessed an excessive number of homeowners who have invested so much time and money and have been taken advantage of. We have seen so many trade, design and/or architectural conflicts which have led to compromised systems or inadequate insulating and sealing of duct systems, homes and building. The building and all of its components must work together as a complete system, or the entire system fails.
For example a home with little insulation and excessive drafts will cause the HVAC system to work harder to make up for the loss; or a building with oversized HVAC equipment and undersized ducting will result in sacrificed comfort and higher utility buills. There are quality installation manuals and accurate sizing programs, but many contractors do not use them. While energy codes have existed in the past, they lacked enforcement. We now have in place a more demanding Illinois Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2012) which is raising the bar high in preparation for IECC 2015. In the HVAC industry, it is not required by all states to have an HVAC license as well as continuing education; therefore, finding an experienced code-trained, qualified contractor is rare.
A significant market opportunity for improving the quality of HVAC equipment installations and service involves raising the awareness of consumers and building owners/operators about the benefits provided by professional contractors following industry-recognized quality installation practices (e.g., correct equipment selection, installation and commissioning). Building owners/operators and residential consumers need to be informed of the links between comfort, humidty levels, utility bills and indoor air quaility with proper HVAC system design and installation.
Once aware, consumers will better understand the value of a quality installation from their HVAC contractor. Consumers and building owners/operators who understand quality installation will also help position consumers and building owners/operators to consider the complete value-to-cost equation, not merely the "first price" when making HVAC equipment purchasing decisions. Customers who select contractors that promote quality installation and high performance HVAC equipment enjoy enhanced comfort, reduced energy usage, improved occupant productivity and enhanced occupant safety.*
There is a need to establish a raised bar to improve the core competencies of contractors to ensure that quality installations occur. This is beneficial not only as a process improvement for HVAC businesses, but more importantly, for fuilfilling the needs of building owners/operators in quality installations - comfortable, safe, energy-efficient indoor environments. Full observance of the quality installation elements may increase the initial "first cost" to the residential or commercial building owner/operator. However, the increased "value" - resulting from improved energy efficiency, better comfort, enhanced indoor air quality, improved equipment reliability, longer equipment life, etc. - is expected to far exceed any added upfront price. Additionally, adherence to the elements in this specification provides intangible societal benefits in the form of reduced power grid energy demand that aids in reducing pollution and dependence on foreign oil.*
* This content has been taken directly from ANSI/ACCA 5QI - 2010 (HVAC QI Specification).