Jeremy Begley Leads Workshop at Midwest Energy Conference
National’s Jeremy Begley is well known in the Home Performance sector for his advocacy of focusing on the building envelope. This year, he brought his immense knowledge and expertise to the 2015 Midwest Residential Energy Conference in Lexington, KY.
Begley lead a workshop entitled “The Most Forgotten and Longest Duct System in the House,” detailing the effects and impacts of air infiltration. Unsurprisingly, much of the information he spoke about can be beneficial for today’s homeowners to understand, especially when it comes to furnace or AC installs.
The Challenge: Recognizing the Impact of Air Infiltration
As far as Begley is concerned, Home Performance is all about viewing the home as one complex system made up of a number of different working processes. The building envelope is present in every home and can be viewed as physical separations between conditioned and unconditioned sections of a home. Despite this, many contractors overlook how important it is to consider the building envelope and air infiltration before conducting an AC or furnace install. Unfortunately, this often results in a severe lack of performance.
When outside air is able to travel in and out of the home due to a poorly-designed building envelope, functionality of conditioning systems can be affected to a dramatic extent. Head-load calculations and/or blower door tests must be performed in order to get a true sense of which type of unit is right for a home. Since many of today’s contractors aren’t trained to recognize or analyze air infiltration, this all-important step often gets overlooked.
The Solution: A Home Energy Audit with National Heating and Air
It may not seem like a big deal at face value, but choosing the wrong type of AC or furnace unit for your home can lead to a number of problems. Keeping the house properly conditioned can be a challenge, energy loss can lead to extra costs and home comfort levels can suffer dramatically. This, along with many other reasons, is why it’s so important to conduct a proper home energy audit before considering an install.
Jeremy Begley drove home a number of important points during his talk at the conference, chief among them being just how essential it is to have a home energy audit conducted by a trained professional. Issues such as air-sealing and energy loss are symptoms of a greater problem, often having to do with the building envelope. A home energy audit can help to isolate these problems and not only lead towards a solution but also provide insight as to which furnace or AC unit is right for your home.
At National Heating and Air, we place a great deal of focus on analyzing the building envelope and making effective changes that help our customers save money and live more comfortably. Contact us today for more information and to schedule an appointment.