With 15 years of experience in the building science industry we pride ourselves in providing valuable services at reasonable prices. Please contact us to get a quote for the HERS Verifications you need, 619-251-3026.
Alterations package - Duct Test, Refrigerant Charge Verification & CalCerts Document Registration
New System package- (required when 40' or more of Ducts are new or replaced) Duct Test, Refrigerant Charge Verification, Airflow, Fan Watt Draw & Calcerts Document registration
- HERS SOLAR Verification (NSHP)
- Buried Ducts
- Whole House Energy Audit (HERS II)
- Air balancing
- Building performance institute audits (BPI)
- Low level Carbon Monoxide (co) alarms and testing
Trip charges may apply
CF-6R Duct Pre-Test: Has it been a while since your last HERS rating? Pre-Testing can be a cost effective way to bring your job within range before we do a final duct test. Recommended for systems you believe may be leaky. We can also help you determine which paperwork is required and how to complete those forms.
HERS Duct Test - Duct testing determines how much air is leaking from your homes heating and air conditioning system. A ventilation system in a home with leaky ducts is like a car with four flat tires. Performance, comfort and energy usage all suffer due to air leaks.
HERS Refrigerant Charge Measurement Verification: By using refrigerant gauges and temperature probes we can determine if the proper amount of refrigerant is flowing through your system. We use the Superheat and Subcooling method to identify if you have the manufacturers recommended amount of refrigerant. If your air conditioning system is low on refrigerant, your air conditioner will not run efficiently. Anchors Aweigh Energy employees are certified by the EPA to hook up gauges to check for refrigerant levels (EPA 608 Certificate).
HERS Adequate Air Flow (Cooling Coil Air Flow) & Fan Watt Draw : Adequate air flow is required to deliver the rated capacity and efficiency of air conditioning equipment. Low air flow rates can lead to ice buildup on the coils and to expensive compressor failure. The Fan Watt Draw test determines the amount of wattage the air handler fan is using. This is an easy test to perform and identifies energy use of the fan motor.
Whole house energy audit/assessment : Tired of paying high utility bills? Would you like to find out how you can save money and be more comfortable? Get the facts on programs available to help you lower energy use and cost!
Project Management : Once your have your HERS report it's time to use this valuable information to decide where you want to invest your efficiency dollars. If you are using an EEM then you will have to implement the highest return projects to qualify. Call for more information.
Blower Door Test : A Blower Door test is used to determine air leaks in the home. Leaks around windows and doors, drafts, and moisture infiltration can cause a number of problems including high energy bills. On the flip side a home that is too tight can cause indoor air quality problems.
Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) verification: Two common ways to rate the efficiency of air conditioning systems are the EER or Energy Efficiency Ration and the SEER or Seasonally Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER is nationally mandated at a minimum of 13 now but is of little benefit if the EER is not specified.
Quality Insulation Inspection: The quality of a homes insulation plays a big part in how much heat or cold stays inside the building envelope. Improperly installed insulation can be worse than having no insulation at all. For new construction or remodels it is important to keep your HERS rater informed so the inspection can be done before the drywall goes up.
Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM): An Energy Efficient Mortgage includes utility costs in the equation used to qualify to buy a home. An efficient home with low energy bills leaves more of the home owners income available to be put towards the mortgage. The biggest benefit of an EEM is you get to buy more home and less energy!
Buried Ducts (New Construction): Effective October 1, 2005, you can only receive credit for “buried ducts” if the work is done in combination with two additional compliance measures: quality installation of insulation and duct sealing. When taking the buried duct credit, a minimum of R-30 insulation must be blown after the HVAC ducts are installed. Prior to being buried, the ducts must have at least R-4.2 duct insulation. Only the portions of duct runs that are directly on or within 3.5 inches of the ceiling gypsum can take credit for increased effective duct insulation. Note that ducts resting either directly on the ceiling gypsum or within 3.5 inches of the ceiling gypsum, resting on ceiling joists or truss supports, satisfy this requirement and also meet the support requirements for flexible ducts in the California Mechanical Code, Standard 6-5, Section 6.509 (d). As long as the spacing between support does not exceed the manufacturer’s recommended intervals, no other support is required.
Thermal Bypass Energy Star: The Thermal Bypass Checklist is a comprehensive visual inspection of building details where thermal bypass, or the movement of heat around or through insulation, frequently occurs due to missing air barriers or gaps between the air barriers and the insulation. For a home to be qualified as ENERGY STAR, a Thermal Bypass Checklist must be completed by a certified Home Energy Rater.
Maximum Cooling Capacity: This verification ensures that the air conditioning system is properly sized. A system that is too small will run excessively to cool the living space. A system that is too large is going to use more energy than a system that is properly sized. The bigger the system the more energy it uses so if your home could be served by a 5 ton unit, then it would be a waste of money to have a 10 ton unit installed.