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How can I schedule a duct test or a Whole-House Performance & Infiltrometer Test?

Appointments for testing can be scheduled here via our website, just complete a quick Request form under Schedule an Appointment and a member of our Customer Care Team will contact you and schedule a day and time that works for your schedule. Due to the complexity of the testing, please allow a minimum of 2 hours for its completion. This time may also vary depending upon the amount of issues identified and additional consultations or services requested. If you would rather contact us via telephone, please phone 1-855-632-9449 and a member of our Customer Care Team will gladly assist you. Please be sure to notify your Customer Care Representative of any utility incentives you are seeking or have already received so we may meet all your needs and expectations.

Who performs a blower door test or Whole-House Performance & Infiltrometer Test?

Air Care Systems, Inc. performs a complete Whole-House Performance & Infiltrometer Test using state-of-the-art technology,( i.e. blower door, FLIR Infrared cameras capable of identifying heat loss and gains within a structure due to missing or poor insulation, water intrusion and has even identified active termite infestation). Some utility companies do provide a shorter rendition of this test, which only includes a check for duct leakage.

What is an Attic Tent or attic hatch and should I have one in my home?

The Attic Tent is designed with non-corrosive, heavy-duty zippers that allow easy access to an attic while keeping harmful insulation and dust particles in the attic. This improves indoor air quality and keeps the insulation off your floors. Any home that has an attic access within the conditioned space should have an attic tent installed. It is designed to be an air transfer barrier between your attic and your living area. This is the same principle behind storm doors and windows.

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How can I make my home more energy efficient?

-Close blinds during the hottest part of the day during the summertime, but keep them open during the day in winter to take advantage of the sun’s warmth.
-In winter, operate fan on low speed, running clockwise. This created a gentle updraft that forces warm air towards the floor. Turn off when not in use.
-Check current insulation levels, and properly insulate a new or existing home.
-Replace old inefficient heating and cooling systems with an Energy Star model, especially if it’s more than 10 years old.
-Have your duct system tested for costly leaks and if present have them repaired.
-Have Whole House Performance and Infiltrometer Testing performed on your home to expose costly energy losses through leaky attic structures and indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns.
-Make sure all vents and registers are open and unobstructed.
-Keep cooling and heating filters clean and inspect monthly at a minimum.
-Always buy products with the Energy Star label.
-Have Semi-annual maintenance performed by a heating and cooling contractor that employs only N.A.T.E. Certified Technicians, such as Air Care Systems, Inc., to keep your system cleaned and operating efficiently.
-Have a N.A.T.E. Certified Technician install returns in rooms currently without its own return air vent.
-Turn off all computers, fans, lights and appliances when not in use.

How can I control or reduce energy costs?

Energy efficient products and home comfort systems can contribute tremendously to reducing energy consumption especially when combined with a properly sealed and insulated structure and duct system.

If you are considering replacing your new home comfort system, consider purchasing a high efficiency system for added return on investment. Interested in saving even more on energy costs, consider variable speed inverter technology with SEER ratings up to 24.5! The higher the SEER, the higher the savings.

With zoning, you no longer have to pay to heat or cool areas of your home that are infrequently or rarely used. Zoning can drastically lower your heating and cooling costs by dividing your home into separate areas to be cooled and heated, based upon your individual comfort needs.

Maintenance– the most critical, yet often overlooked and neglected service performed on an air conditioner. Vital in making sure your system continues to operate at peak performance, annual or semi-annual maintenance will ensure efficient operation and help stave off frequent repairs. Operating dirty cooling and heating equipment can increase the cost of operation up to 45%!

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