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For a homeowner, there is one factor that always comes before comfort. Before you ever consider home improvement, air conditioner installation, or even getting a new microwave, this factor has to have its say first. We’re, of course, talking about cost. But what if the experts at McAllister told you that there was a way to drastically reduce the cost of upkeep in your home, while also improving overall comfort?

For maximizing comfort while reducing overall home energy costs, energy audits are absolutely invaluable! This process assists you in nailing down areas of the home that utilize too much energy, or areas that can be improved with minor (or moderate) changes. We’ve been handling home energy audits in South Jersey for years, and we’re more than happy to bring our services to your home!

Find out how you can improve your Somers Point home’s energy usage by calling McAllister at 609-927-4122, or contact us online!

The Home Energy Evaluation Process

A professional home performance evaluation is always conducted by a certified technician trained to locate, evaluate and quantify the different elements that impact comfort, performance and energy conservation. The HVAC professional uses advanced tools and equipment to identify air leaks, drafts, hot spots and air pressure issues. Special attention is paid to the heating and cooling equipment, which is thoroughly inspected, tested and calibrated.

McAllister home performance efficiency evaluation includes thorough information gathering and analysis. We provide a variety of important services including:

  • Infiltrometer blower door test to determine perimeter and duct leakage
  • Air leakage evaluation
  • Air flow diagnosis
  • Complete equipment inspection and test
  • Record insulation values for ceilings and walls
  • Gas and carbon monoxide test
  • Interior and exterior inspection to identify moisture damage
  • Establishing a benchmark for comparison to national averages
  • Provide a comprehensive report detailing energy consumption deficiencies
  • Identify all energy saving opportunities
  • Develop an energy savings strategy

Benefits of a Professional Home Energy Audit

An energy audit can bring about numerous changes in your home, all of which are aimed at improving the overall comfort you experience, and reducing the costs of maintaining your home. Some benefits include:

  • Improved home comfort. An audit will often locate air leaks and inadequate insulation in your home. Both of these problems directly affect how well your home retains heating and cooling from your HVAC system, and rectifying any issues can lead to demonstrable improvements in home comfort.
  • Reduced costs. The driving force for many of us, an energy audit can help you shore up your energy use, impacting overall energy use and monthly/yearly costs.
  • Increased marketability. Improved energy efficiency and a stronger home “envelope” (related to adequate insulation) promote better market values for your home, making it more appealing to potential future buyers.
  • Increased home safety. Energy audits are a great opportunity to check for common home problems like mold and wiring issues, helping you improve the safety of your home by eliminating problems long before they grow into permanent, structurally-compromising ones.

When Should You Seek an Energy Audit?

Generally speaking, anyone can benefit considerably from an energy audit if they haven’t had one in the past few years. However, there are a few situations that may make you more inclined to do so, even if you’ve had one recently:

  • Your utility bills have been spiking
  • Your home isn’t comfortable enough, but you don’t need HVAC repair
  • You feel that your system runs too frequently, with what seems like minimal returns on comfort
  • You lack appropriate amounts of insulation in your home, or you frequently feel drafts

Recommendations for Better HVAC Performance

Since an HVAC system accounts for approximately 50 percent of the total annual power consumption in a typical home, the energy performance evaluation will include a number of recommendations that relate to equipment performance.

  • Replace obsolete equipment. An old furnace or air conditioner can raise annual utility costs substantially. In fact, replacing an aging 10 SEER air conditioner with a new 19 SEER unit can save up to 48 percent in monthly cooling costs.
  • Air conditioner and furnace maintenance. Routine maintenance is a critical element required to keep your HVAC system performing at optimal efficiency. Stressed and worn parts force your equipment to work harder and longer to meet the indoor load, which contributes to higher energy costs and may lead to a premature failure.
  • Insulation: Over time, blown-in insulation begins to settle, and the material loses some of its R-value. Substandard insulation levels add to accumulated HVAC equipment runtime hours. This condition raises utility costs and can result in more frequent breakdowns. We will calculate the R-value of your insulation and make recommendations where appropriate.
  • Duct leakage. Until recently, there were no national duct construction standards. As a result, loose connections, inferior materials and shoddy workmanship was common. Conditioned air that leaks into the attic increases the HVAC equipment load and can create a serious indoor air quality problem. We locate any ductwork issues and completely seal the system using state-of-the-art materials and techniques.

Home Energy Audit Solutions with McAllister

Our comprehensive home evaluation services are sure to provide you with a superior solution to meet your comfort needs! With the assistance of our certified HVAC experts, you can expect to enjoy lower costs, and a higher quality of life in the home in no time! Ready to get started with your South Jersey energy audit? Make your appointment today!

If you want to address high energy costs, call the experts at McAllister. We offer complete home energy audits throughout Somers Point, New Jersey.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SEER rating?

The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is how the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment is measured. The SEER is the amount of cooling your system will deliver per dollar spent on electricity, as compared to other systems. For example, a 3-ton unit may have a SEER efficiency rating of 13, 14, or 15. The higher the SEER the more efficient the system will be. The SEER rating of any given unit can range anywhere from 13 to 21.

Each split system cooling unit has a nominal SEER rating. This rating can be increased with the upgrade of the same series indoor unit. The SEER rating of a system is derived based on the combination of equipment installed in the home. The outdoor equipment (heat pump or air conditioner), as well as the indoor equipment (evaporator coil and furnace, or air handler), play a vital role in the total rating.

Your heating and cooling systems work incredibly hard to perform their functions for your home everyday. The constant stopping, starting and continual operation can wear down any machine if the proper care and maintenance is delayed. However, by performing regular maintenance, you can maximize the lifecycle of your heating or cooling unit and guard against many common equipment failures. Preventive maintenance inspections performed on a regular basis can uncover leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires and corroded electrical contacts that the naked eye may not notice. You should have maintenance done on your system regularly to ensure maximum efficiency and allow prevent possible problems that may occur in the near future.

To keep your equipment running efficiently and maximize the useful life of your system all equipment needs to have an annual tune-up. At least once a year heat pumps and air conditioners require a professional tune-up. Inspections on boiler and furnace systems should include ductwork, pipes, dampers, valves, the chimney, registers, radiators, pumps, blowers, fuel lines, the gas meter, oil tank and every part of the actual furnace and boiler. Meanwhile, heat pump and air conditioning unit inspections should also include inspections of the fan, compressor, indoor coils, outdoor coils, line kits and refrigerant lines.

As your local Carrier dealer, McAllister… The Service Co. is your troubleshooting expert, and is glad to help you. In addition, Carrier also provides a network of troubleshooting technicians at Carrier Distribution centers across the country which McAllister… The Service Co. will utilize to solve your concern. Should we encounter a situation that requires additional factory help, we will contact our factory supported Service Manager(s) for assistance.

Since they are electronic, programmable thermostats are more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. With programmable thermostats you can control the temperature in your home at different times of day without ever touching your thermostat. Because everything is automatic, you will never forget to change the setting on your own. A WiFi enabled thermostat allows you to monitor and adjust your home’s heating and cooling system remotely, helping you reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Standard filters work to keep your system and its ductwork clean, but they don’t really improve indoor air quality. To do that you need a media filter. The media filter rests between the main return duct and the blower cabinet and will improve dust and particle removal by seven times that of a standard filter. However, upgrading to a pleated media filter will remove everything from insecticide dust to airborne viruses from the filtered air. Always choose a filter that matches your blower’s capacity. For optimum efficiency and filtration, McAllister… The Service Co. recommends that you replace your disposable filters at least once a month. If you have washable filters, they should be cleaned once a month.

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Somers Point, NJ 08244

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