4 Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Home Energy and HVAC Questions

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by Kathleen Downey

home furnace unit

Home furnace units need regular maintenance to ensure peak efficiency

Everybody wants to save money on their utility bills and make sure their home is running efficiently. At Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver, we can tell you everything you need to know to keep your OR & Southwest WA home comfortable and your energy bills low. As one of the region's most reliable home energy and HVAC contractors, we get plenty of questions from our customers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

1)  Why do I need a complete home energy audit when I know my heating system is the core of the problem?

We know this sounds like extra work and money, but it's an important step. Think of it like a physical: you're confident nothing is wrong, but you do it anyway just to make sure. A complete home energy audit has several key benefits

  • A detailed report on the condition of all major systems in the home
  • Detailed recommendations on what improvements to make and what order they should be made in
  • Protection from unrealistic energy saving claims
  • Free estimates for all recommended improvements
  • Dr. Energy Saver will complete all the improvements and upgrades you choose with no need to call multiple contractors

2)  How will air duct sealing and insulation improve the performance of my furnace?

Leaks in your ducts allow warm air to escape and cold air to enter. Leaky ducts can diminish HVAC efficiency by as much as 20%, costing you money. Sealing and insulating ducts will improve how well they function, making your home more comfortable and cutting down your energy bill.

3)  What should I expect from a furnace tune up appointment?

Our comprehensive furnace tune up will make sure your furnace stays in peak condition. Our trained professionals will use check all of these points

  • Visual Inspection: Check all components of furnace
  • Combustions Safety: Ensure proper ventilation
  • Filter Check: Check filter size and type, replace dirty filter
  • Furnace Cleaning: Removing carbon, soot, and other combustions products ensures efficiency
  • Blower Check: Ensure there is no bearing or balance problem
  • System Check: Confirm thermostat is running properly and that warm air is being delivered
  • Occupant Issues: Be sure to tell us if one room is colder than others. That will help us identify and correct any issues in insulation, air leakage, or duct work.

4)  How do I know when I need to replace my furnace?

Even if your furnace still functions, you could be losing money because of low efficiency. Efficiency rating is the percentage of heat that gets into your air or water, determining how effective your furnace is. For example, a 65% efficient furnace sends 35% of your heat straight up the chimney, while a new furnace that is 96% efficient will only waste 4% of the heat. That’s a huge difference that affects your heating bill.

Installing a new, high efficiency furnace will save you a significant amount of money over the life of the furnace. The cost of installation for a high efficiency unit is higher, but the cost of fuel far exceeds that.

Our complete home energy audit can tell you how efficient the systems in your home are and whether or not it's best to replace your furnace. We serve Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Hillsboro, Salem and nearby. Call us at 1-541-485-2282 for your free estimate today!

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Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver
3922 West 1st Ave
Eugene, OR 97402