EnergyTight Frequently Asked Questions
 

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Q: Are there government programs that provide financing or tax credits for home energy audits?
 
A: Yes. In fact,some of the greatest opportunities to reduce the cost of a home performance retrofit exist right now. Energy Tight will provide each homeowner their expected tax savings and even provide manufacturer's certifications and tax forms to make the process easy for you. For a full list of all available Federal and State Tax Credits, please visit www.dsireusa.org
 
Q: Will my taxes increase as a result of an EnergyTight Installation?
 
A: No. The tax value of your home is not dependent on installation of energy retrofit measures you perform.
 
Q: Does an EnergyTight Installation require governmental (local, county, state, Federal) approval?
 
A: No. Our customers are free to begin saving energy right away without consent of a federal agency.
 
Q: Are home energy assessments possible for a condo, row house, or mobile home?
 
A: Yes. Energy Tight can perform comprehensive energy assessments on multi-family dwellings, condos, and mobile homes.
 
Q: Will an EnergyTight Home Inspection and Installation really reduce my energy bills?
 
A: Yes, both in the short term and for many years to come! The energy your home requires for heating and cooling can be reduced by 25% right away. And properly insulating your walls, basement, attic, and crawlspaces will save you money for over 30 years. On average, the value of the improvements is more than 200% greater than the effort itself.
 
Q: How long does it take, on average, to do an EnergyTight Assessment?
 
A: A normal energy assessment generally takes about 3 hours. It may take longer depending on the size of your home, number of appliances, and accessibility.
 
Q: How long does it take, on average, to do an EnergyTight Installation?
 
A: Depending on the scope of work required, an Energy Tight installation can take as little as 2 days and as many as 8 days. the average for most homes is 3-4 business days.
 
Q: Is it important to use a BPI - Accredited Contractor when considering energy efficiency improvements?
 
A: Absolutely. BPI's nationally recognized standards and quality assurance protocols help separate the best-of-the-best from the also-rans. Not every company can make the grade, but those that do prove they have the knowledge and expertise to help customers improve the performance, decrease the carbon footprint, and lower the expenses of their homes.
 
 
Q: Why is it important to consider the house as a system?
 
A: Changes in construction methods and new building products affect the whole house. Proper evaluation is important to avoid negative results. For example, only adding insulation can unintentionally increase moisture accumulation. It is vital to look at you house and how it operates as a system before implementing significant changes to the heat, moisture, and air move in your home.
 
Q: Why is it important to build an energy "tight" house?
 
A: A tight home means your home will be more energy efficient, comfortable, and healthy. Your home's systems and structure will last longer with reduced operational costs.
 
Q: Can a house be "too tight"?
 
A: The simple answer is no. Our motto is "Build it Tight. Ventilate Right". Homes should breathe, but only through designed holes. These holes come in all shapes and sizes. Your home should allow fresh air in, but not from areas that are humid or dusty. Normally, reducing air leaks reduce dust, increase comfort, and decrease energy consumption.
 

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Q: What is SEER? EER? HSPF?
 

A: SEER = Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Most commonly used to measure the efficiency of a central air conditioner. It measures how efficiently a cooling system will operate over an entire season. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioner.

EER = Energy Efficiency Ratio. A measure of how efficiently a cooling system will operate when the outdoor temperature is at a specific level (95°F). The higher the EER, the more efficient the air conditioner.

Both SEER and EER ratings are important when choosing a central AC.

HPSF = Heat Seasonal Performance Factor. The most commonly used measure of a heat pumps heating efficiency.

Ask your Energy Tight representative for assistance in choosing the most efficient central AC or heat pump, based on the size and layout of your home.

 
Q: What is the "manufacturer's certification statement"?
 
A: The Manufacturer’s Certification Statement is a signed statement from the manufacturer certifying that the product or component qualifies for the tax credit. The IRS encourages manufacturers to provide these Certifications on their website to facilitate identification of qualified products. Taxpayers must keep a copy of the certification statement for their records, but do not have to submit a copy with their tax return.
 
Q: Does changing my furnace or air conditioning filter each month save energy?
 
A: Changing your furnace or air conditioning filter regularly (at least every 3 months) is a good idea, but it is hard to know how much energy it actually saves. Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work a little harder to keep you warm or cool – wasting energy.
 
Q: Does it save money to set your heat down in the winter (or your air conditioning up in the summer) when you are away for the day?
 
A: It is a common misconception that it takes more energy to heat up a cold house than it does to keep a house warm all the time. Turning down the thermostat will always save energy, as will turning up the air conditioner temperature setting. Heat moves from hot to cold, and the rate of heat transfer increases with greater temperature differences between inside and out. Smaller temperature differences between your house and outside generally means you’ll lose less heat (or air conditioning) from inside the house to the outside. Therefore, you will save energy by only heating or cooling as much as necessary, for the occupants and time of day.

If your concern is comfort, or having to wait for your house to heat up or cool down after you get home, invest in a programmable thermostat. Ask your Energy Tight representative for more details.

 
Q: Do air ducts make a difference in my home’s energy use?
 
A: Absolutely. Ducts that move air to and from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20%. Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawlspace, or unheated basement. Contact us for more details.
 
Q: Can I determine the correct size of HVAC equipment for my home myself or do I really need a contractor?
 
A: The short answer is you really should get a contractor to determine the proper size of HVAC equipment needed. To calculate the proper size of heating and cooling equipment for your home requires use of an engineering procedure such as ACCA/ANSI Manual J. Using short-cuts or ‘rules-of-thumb’ typically results in equipment that is incorrectly sized for your home. Remember, consultation like this is a free service from Energy Tight! Contact us for further information.
 
 
 
 
Ready to start saving on improved indoor comfort and energy costs? Take advantage of the savings above, and contact us to set up your EnergyTight assessment today!

 

 
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