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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently published an article discussing why people invest in energy efficiency upgrades in their homes. The organization’s new report, How to Talk About Home Energy Upgrades, surveyed nearly 2,000 homeowners, exploring their motivations when it comes to investing in energy-efficient technologies for the home.

Industry professionals understand the benefits of technology such as modulating HVAC systems. They control temperature more precisely, remove extra humidity, run quietly, and are energy efficient. But how do you convey these benefits to homeowners effectively? Read on to learn more.

 

Is Your Air Conditioning Low On Refrigerant

 

Get A Professional For Air Conditioning And Heat Installation

Air conditioning installation, like any other kind of home or commercial building repair, upgrade or retrofit, is a job that is best done when it's done right. An air conditioning installation that is performed skillfully and correctly will ensure that the system works as it's designed and will last as long as possible with minimal ongoing maintenance costs and no surprise repairs.As home and commercial HVAC and cooling systems become more advanced, energy-efficient and cost effective, the demand for air conditioning installation has risen. Because of this, companies other than heating and air conditioning companies are beginning to offer this service as a means of increasing new business. Unfortunately, some of these companies don't even employ a certified refrigeration mechanic. Instead, customers may end up with a plumber or other type of professional putting in a cooling system.Having a plumber or electrician to install an air conditioning or HVAC system would be akin to seeing a veterinarian for an appendectomy. A veterinarian may be very skilled at treating animals and even performing surgeries, but that doesn't make him the best person to remove an appendix from a human being.Unfortunately, many consumers assume that a company which advertises air conditioning installation must be qualified to do so. This is not necessarily the case, since there are no laws in many areas that govern the types of services a company can perform and what qualifications their technicians must have to provide that service.In most Canadian provinces, certified apprentice or journeyman refrigeration mechanics are the only professionals who are trained and qualified to install cooling systems. A certified refrigeration mechanic has completed approximately 25 to 40 weeks of classroom and shop instruction at an accredited institution and met minimum standards of grading. An apprentice has completed a minimum number of on-the-job hours under a qualified supervisor/employer. To achieve journeyman refrigeration mechanic certification a technician must have approximately 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience.While a certified plumber may be a very good one, he has had very different training than a certified refrigeration mechanic. It's possible that whatever knowledge he does have may not have even come from a certified refrigeration mechanic, but from a fellow plumber.How, then, can a consumer know whether or not he is getting air conditioning installation from a company or technician that is qualified? The only way to know for sure is to ask a potential service provider.Consumers must also be prepared to ask the right questions. Don't just ask if a company is qualified to install a cooling system. Ask:* Do you have a certified refrigeration mechanic on staff?* Will my air conditioning installation actually be performed by a refrigeration mechanic or by someone who is not certified?* If my work is going to be done by an apprentice, will he or she be supervised and/or the work inspected by a fully certified technician?* Will my work be guaranteed? If so, what are the terms of the guarantee?A company that employs a certified and experienced refrigeration mechanic (whether an apprentice or journeyman) should be eager to guarantee its work. If you deal with a company that is reluctant to back up its service with a guarantee or discourages you from getting a legal inspection, this should give you cause for second thoughts.