Welcome to the Home Comfort Consultation.
Many times, when a customer has comfort problems, or are faced with buying new equipment, they don’t know where to start. This is where the Home Comfort Consultation is offered. We’ve been working with other industry professionals to develop this awesome process and we hope it helps you make educated decisions
Most heating and cooling replacements are done under duress. The equipment is old, has failed during heating or cooling season, and an expensive repair is required.
Typically under this situation the equipment is most often replaced with equipment of similar size and quality. This is the typical ‘free quote.’ We also refer this as ‘Path A.’ For many this isn’t a problem, but for some this is repeating the 15-25 year mistake made by whoever replaced the equipment the last time.
Equipment replacement is possibly the single best opportunity to address performance annoyances people have with their homes. These issues tend to present as comfort/temperature imbalances, equipment/airflow noise, humidity (mold and odors), high equipment repairs and high energy bills.
We ask you to take a 4 question quiz pertaining to those comfort issues and rate them on a scale from 1-10. 1 being ‘not a problem’ to 10 being ‘big problem.’
Are any room(s) in my house are too hot/humid in summer? 1-10
Are any room(s) in my house are too cold/dry in winter? 1-10
Are there are health concerns in my home/family such as allergies, asthma, mold, excessive dust, pests, chemical or mold sensitivities, etc? 1-10
Are there any moisture issues in my home such as overflowing gutters; standing water against the foundation; mold in the attic, basement, or crawlspace; rotted wood, etc? 1-10
If you answered any of those questions with a 9 or above, or your total is roughly 20 and above, the Home Comfort Consultation is recommended.
Our process builds a replacement plan so you have an equipment specification ready when it is time to replace your equipment. Interestingly, most people who go through the process end up with much smaller equipment, smaller energy bills, and much better comfort. We’ve found that over sized equipment tends to be the single greatest cause of consumer performance complaints.
The Home Comfort Consultation starts with an interview and measurement of your homes air leakage using a tool called a blower door. The deliverable:
- A written and prioritized list of performance issues that bother you.
- Preliminary budget – we help you start thinking about what it is worth to solve various annoyances.
- Your homes current blower door number, and an understanding of what it means.
- A load calculation of your current home.
- A load calculation assuming air sealing made your home reasonably tight.
- A load calculation showing current equipment/leakage mismatch. This shows how leaky your home would need to be for your current equipment to be properly sized.
- Thermal imaging of a few problem rooms.
- Airflow verification across equipment.
- Recommended replacement equipment.
In summary, the typical ‘free quote’ is simply providing a bid to the current specification whereas The Home Comfort Consultation path builds a custom tailored specification based on a more thorough understanding of your needs and situation, and the house’s needs and situation.
This 4 hour visit is offered at $295 + tax.