Maryland HVAC Replacement: How To Verify Your HVAC Contractor’s Work

Energy Star Verified HVAC Installation

ENERGY STAR. The blue label with white lettering on all sorts of household products has become synonymous with energy efficiency. For more than appliances and windows, the mark is even in new homes and buildings that follow energy efficient standards. After 25 years, the Energy Star label now means better home comfort by providing a stamp of approval and quality for your HVAC contractor’s work.

According to Good Housekeeping, 92-percent of consumers make purchasing decisions based on the ENERGY STAR label. Most ENERGY STAR products focus on energy efficiency. However, homeowners never see the advertised energy savings with heating and cooling equipment if the home has insulation, ductwork, and ventilation problems. Your home’s performance and your comfort depend on how the systems work together.

After more than 60 years in business, Minnick’s solves comfort concerns by looking past the HVAC unit. Often, it’s not the source of the problem.

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Whether you’re replacing HVAC equipment, upgrading, or trying to solve comfort issues at home, consider the Smart Approach to Whole-Home Comfort. It’s simple science. Even the most efficient HVAC system won’t perform like it should if there are air leaks, duct leaks, areas of poor insulation, or inadequate ventilation.

When you consider how the various heating and cooling systems work together, you save money when your HVAC system performs more efficiently and you don’t lose energy.

With more than 60 years in the heating and cooling business, Minnick’s is a Whole-Home Comfort pioneer. The Smart Approach to Whole-Home Comfort looks at your home’s performance rather than just the efficiency of your HVAC equipment.

Utilities and government agencies alike have started to see the value in focusing on whole-home efficiency. BGE and Pepco have both launched the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, which offers rebates for energy efficient home improvements – that also improve your comfort. With this increased emphasis, HVAC contractors, including Minnick’s, are being held to a higher standard by government agencies with the ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI). This program focuses on comfort and installation that’s done right where a third-party verifies installation, efficiency and home performance.

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How ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation protects homeowners

Homeowners may be unaware, but nearly half of all HVAC systems are installed improperly. That’s according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Many contractors sell you on the energy efficiency of a furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump. However, that unit needs to operate within a larger system in your home, such as your ductwork and other equipment. When a contractor considers the Whole-Home approach to heating and cooling – as Minnick’s always does – your new equipment works better to save you money.

Minnick’s is one of the only Maryland-based HVAC companies offering ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation.

There are four ways ESVI contractors, like Minnick’s, protect the homeowner.

1. Verify equipment size works for your home

Homeowner benefit: Increase comfort, fewer HVAC breakdowns, and lower utility bills

With the ESVI program, the contractor looks at the size of your new equipment to make sure it’s compatible with your home. Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to heating and cooling equipment. The next time your contractor sells you on the highest efficiency rated equipment, that equipment may not work best for your home.

The contractor verifies the size of your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump to make sure it matches what your home needs. Otherwise, your new HVAC equipment will cycle too often. What does this mean for you? Less comfort, more costly breakdowns, and higher utility bills.

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2. Check ductwork efficiency

Homeowner benefit: Lower utility bills, better air quality, longer lasting equipment

Second, the contractor inspects your ductwork. If needed, he makes improvements to ensure it performs efficiently with your new HVAC unit. Leaky ductwork wastes money, forces your equipment to work harder, and makes you feel uncomfortable.

The furnace warms the air, and air conditioning cools the air. Air then travels through ducts to deliver conditioned air to the various rooms of your home. Over time, ducts begin to leak. You not only waste energy, you feel less comfortable. The air may feel clammy or cold even though the indoor air temperatures are the same as your thermostat. That’s because the leaky ducts may cause too much humidity to enter your home.

Homeowners waste up to 30-percent of the energy used to heat and cool their home, according to the EPA. So, some rooms get less air and become too cold or too warm. Fixing leaky ducts is a proven way to lower your summer heating and cooling bills.

Plus, leaky air affects the indoor air quality. When there are leaks, fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, and dust enter your duct system. The pollutants can affect your breathing and aggravate health problems like asthma.

Duct sealing fixes leaky air ducts, makes you more comfortable, and healthier. Duct sealing improves the indoor air quality because there’s a lower risk that pollutants will enter your ducts.

Ultimately, homeowners pay the price. That’s why the ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation program is one of the best consumer protections available today.

3. Verify air flow

Homeowner benefit: Lower utility bills and increased comfort

In addition to checking the ducts, ESVI contractors check your air flow. When purchasing new HVAC equipment, you want it to last long and perform as expected. If the air flow is improper, you’ll pay higher utility bills, experience damp air, and feel less comfortable.

4. Refrigerant checks

Homeowner benefit: Fewer breakdowns and more efficient system

Finally, during an HVAC replacement or an upgrade, an ESVI contractor checks refrigerant levels. When your air conditioner or heat pump has an improper charge, more energy is expended and the system may break down. Refrigerant checks protect your whole home comfort.

With an ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation, a third party verifies the work. That offers peace-of-mind for homeowners when purchasing new HVAC equipment. You’ll even get a certificate of verification.

Minnick’s is one of the only Maryland HVAC companies offering ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation. Trust the whole-home comfort experts for your next Maryland HVAC replacement job.

You get better quality, better energy savings, better performance, and better comfort.

Why should homeowners care about this? Because most contractors skip these steps, according to the EPA. As a result, there’s an effect on a homeowner’s wallet and comfort.

The ESVI program uses a third party contractor to verify participating HVAC contractors follow the Whole-Home approach to comfort.

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Minnick’s offers verification of repairs through its Smart Maintenance program. Using custom sensors and smart technology, work is automatically verified.

Plus, homeowners get alerts preventing and predicting up to 80-percent of HVAC issues before they occur.

Smart Maintenance takes the worry out of HVAC ownership with monthly monitoring. Learn more about the ways Smart Maintenance protects your Whole-Home Comfort.

Rob Minnick is the CEO & President of Minnick’s. His family-owned company specializes in heating, cooling, plumbing, and Whole-Home Comfort. With more than 63-years experience, the company prides itself on having the top HVAC technicians. They follow strict standards and earn top-notch credentials. Customer satisfaction is a top priority. Minnick’s proudly serves Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Baltimore, and Baltimore City counties. Ask a Minnick’s technician how they can make your HVAC system smart!