At Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., we believe that we have a responsibility to our clients to educate ourselves in all aspects of their home and businesses. One of our responsibilities is educating ourselves on high efficiency, energy savings recommendations.
As you can read on our heating and cooling web pages, we offer top of the line hi efficiency equipment. At Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. we have pushed energy savings way past just hi-efficiency equipment. The ultimate way to save energy is to keep the heating and cooling equipment from coming on.
What has Advantage done to be the best knowledgably, energy expert company? Advantage has four certified BPI (Building Performance Institute) auditors on staff. Randy and Marshall are not only BPI certified but State of Kansas certified. Along with Randy and Marshall, Carl and Tom are BPI certified to perform energy audits with the new Westar program.
Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. has been doing energy audits and using the industry standard J Manual since 1992!! We are not new to this.
What this means to you is when you have Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. comes to your home we know what we are doing! We have the proper equipment along with the proper attitude to get the job done. We love what we do! Our thermal imaging camera and blower door are fun tools that provide interesting results.
FAQ ABOUT ENERGY SAVING AND AUDITS
1. What makes Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. different from all other energy companies?
That’s an easy, but long answer. Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. is different is so many ways. We have been working with energy and its issues for over twenty years. That’s over twenty years of experience on energy saving! Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. is the only company in Kansas that has an insulation department, four certified auditors, two masters that design hi-efficiency heating and cooling systems along with a manufacturer home certified auditor! We also use thermal imaging! Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. is the only auditor in the state of Kansas that offers the number one rated hi-efficiency equipment by Consumer Report®. Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. did not change careers to take advantage of free government dollars. We have been doing free audits for twenty years!
2. What is the number one way that I can save energy?
There are many ways to save energy. Our expertise and experience shows one way that stands out on its own. Replacing an old furnace with a new 2 stage gas valve, hi efficiency furnace really does save energy. We have clients that have saved as much as 35%!
3. Is it true that I can get an energy audit for only one hundred dollars?
Westar did have a program for their clients and they only paid $100.00 for energy audits if their home qualified. However, it no longer exists. Call today and ask about our own ADVANTAGE program and discounts.
4. I’ve heard of Efficiency Kansas, but I don’t understand the program, what is it?
Efficiency Kansas is a state program that no longer exists.
5. You have mentioned a thermal imaging camera, what is that?
It’s our favorite new toy! With our thermal imaging camera we can show you pictures of your home or business that show “cold”, “hot,” or “water” spots. This is kind of like an x ray. The camera is pointed to any area and a picture appears on the screen. The red on the screen represents heat or hot, and the blue represents cool or cold. It’s extremely cool and you need to see it.
6. Okay, you like your new camera, but what does it have to do with saving me energy?
We can use our camera to locate air leaks coming into your home or business. We can also see inside walls to see if the insulation has settled or was not properly installed. The camera can pinpoint the exact location of trouble. By locating the trouble area we can correct the problem and get a room that was uncomfortable comfortable.
7. What’s a “blower door” test?
A blower door test is a test that puts your home or business into a vacuum. Your home or business is put into negative pressure. A smoke pen will be used around all windows, doors, outlets, and seams. Any air leaks will cause a disturbance in the smoke steam. This indicates the location of air infiltration into your home or business.
8. What kind of insulation do you recommend for my attic?
We always recommend what we would put in our homes. We prefer cellulose insulation. Cellulose is fire retardant, respells insects, mold, and seals air leaks. Unlike fiberglass insulation, no warning has been issued for cellulose. Cellulose has a good R-Value. Cellulose is a “green” item with the main ingredient being recycled newspapers.
9. How do I know if I need attic insulation?
There are two ways and they are both easy. The first way is to call us for a free attic inspection. The second way is to go outside the morning after it snows. Look at the roof of your home; has the snow melted away? If your neighbor’s roof still has snow and you don’t, the odds are you are losing the heat from your home though the attic. If you have snow on your roof and the neighbors don’t, they may be losing heat though their attic.
10. What do I get for taking the time to read your information?
If you have read the entire Energy Savers page it means one of two things; I’m a very good writer or you are very serious in energy savings. I don’t think it’s because I’m a good writer. If you call for a free estimate, we will deduct $2.00 per bag of insulation that we install! That’s a big saving since the average house needs around 60 bags! Just mention this information and get a free attic inspection and $2.00 off each bag of insulation.