I’ve been noticing the number of audits lately and work that has come to me, and that much of it is after the fact of a previous renovation. The scenario is that renovation gets done, I mean that a new HVAC is installed, insulation in the attic or windows or all of the above. The reason for the renovation is clear, failing HVAC, high utility bills and most notably lack of comfort. What results from this renovation is a situation that does not address the root cause of the discomfort. The Shell of the building!
Untimely as I have said many times, “You are just wasting Engery more efficiently”. Sorry but this the truth. The cause for much of this is that it’s a leaky house! If you do not address the holes in the structure, you are no better off, just now with less money. In one fact, one Homeowner had performed a complete gut renovation of his 2000sft home. After completion of the project, the HVAC that was designed for the “New” house could not keep up. I performed a blower door test and found that the home is twice as leaky as it should be. I so wish I was brought in at the beginning of the project so I did not have to be the bearer of bad news.
The “Moral of the story is”, when considering a renovation or replacement of a heating/cooling system, an audit may be the best dollar spent. So get an audit. Many of the utility companies are offing them through authorized contractors,( EPES is authorized by both Met Ed (First Energy), and PPL)
Just because you have a new furnace doesn’t mean it’s better. You are just putting an expensive piece of equipment in to the same leaky house. The outcome is likely to be the same as it was before.