Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency announced Aeroseal qualifies for its new residential Energy Star program at the HVAC Success Summit in Cincinnati.
The Energy Star Verified HVAC Installation program places a new emphasis on the importance of duct sealing and other best practices related to HVAC installation for maximizing energy efficiency in homes.
“Many HVAC programs focus almost exclusively on the nameplate-rated efficiency of the HVAC equipment itself, often disregarding the critical role that duct sealing and proper installation plays in achieving improved energy efficiency,” said Chandler von Schrader, national manager for the Energy Star program. “The new ESVI program addresses this shortcoming by refocusing its attention on a whole HVAC system approach to energy-efficiency certification.”
The program is also beneficial to HVAC professionals who offer Aeroseal duct sealing and other services within HVAC installation, von Schrader added.
“Now homeowners interested in Energy Star-level performance will have more than simply price on which to base their purchasing decision,” he said. “As well as offering a high-efficiency product, contractors will need to implement solid installation practices and prove they’ve met a high standard of energy efficiency in order to receive Energy Star certification. In many cases, a technology like Aeroseal may be the only way to meet the energy-efficient standards this requires.”
With the program, homeowners looking for Energy Star certification for their HVAC systems can begin by finding a participating HVAC contractor. The contractor — working with a participating local utility company, Air Conditioning Contractors of America or another EPA-recognized third-party verification organization — will install or upgrade the HVAC system, using best installation practices outlined by the program. Upon completion, contractors will submit their work for testing and verification. If approved, the homeowner will receive the ESVI certificate.
“In the past, a homeowner could buy an Energy Star-rated air conditioner or furnace thinking he or she will automatically receive the energy savings and high efficiency for which that system is rated,” said Bryan Barnes, senior director of business development at Aeroseal. “Now, through the ESVI program, homeowners can rest comfortably knowing their new system is delivering the comfort and energy efficiency for which it was built to provide.”