Missing Attic Insulation and Leaky Air Ducts costing you money and pinning it on your A/C Unit?
Being an air conditioning, heating, and energy audit contractor in Mesa, Arizona, Magic Touch Mechanical receives hundreds of calls every summer with service calls like:
1) My air conditioner never shuts off and has a hard time cooling the house.
2) My power bill is extremely high and seems to be getting higher every summer.
3) I have several rooms in my house that are much warmer than the rest of the house.
These are just are just a few examples of concerned client service calls we receive that aren’t always problems attributed to the air conditioning unit. If you have ever complained of these issues only to have an air conditioning technician tell you the A/C unit checks out fine, or if you’ve ever considered these issues a problem with your own home, this post is for you.
Many times we find the underlying cause of these types of A/C service calls are one or both of the following:
– Missing, misaligned or poorly insulated areas of the attic.
– Significant conditioned air leaking out of the supply air ducts into the attic area, and/or hot attic air being pulled into the return air ducts.
When it comes to the best bang for your buck with regards to lowering your utility bills and the fastest return on investment, repairing either or both of these issues are the ticket. It really doesn’t make a lot of sense to install a higher efficiency central air and heating system in the desert of Phoenix, AZ without inspecting these other “systems” first, and correcting any issues.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy and utility companies (including both SRP and APS here in Phoenix, Arizona and TEP in the Tucson area), these issues are common in 80% of buildings in the U.S. and repairing them is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce energy consumption in a residential home or commercial building.
In many cases both of these problems can be inspected, repaired, and tested for less than $1000 in residential homes (commercial buildings depend on square footage and construction type). The payback period is typically around one year…a much better return than a bank issued CD or the stock market! Not to mention both SRP and APS have rebates available for both the tests and the repairs!
What’s the next step for you? Schedule a whole home energy audit or duct leakage test and duct system inspection with one of our Certified Building Analysts.
Magic Touch Mechanical, Inc. serves Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Peoria, Queen Creek, and surrounding Arizona cities.