Did you know that almost 50 percent of all HVAC systems are installed incorrectly? 1 This can prevent even high-efficiency equipment from operating correctly. It could lead to reduced energy savings and more discomfort for customers.
To tackle this problem, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) created a new program for HVAC professionals called Energy Star Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI). It was started in November 2016. Let’s take a look at what it is. 2
Energy Star Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI)
The new Energy Star program focuses on duct sealing. The goal is maximum home energy efficiency. The program focuses on proper installation practices rather than just the appliances. Duct sealing and are high on a technician’s checklist.
ESVI for HVAC Techs
HVAC professionals interested in becoming ESVI-certified contractors, must certify their business operates in the service territory of an ESVI sponsor partner, such as a local utility company. Then, contractors are required to sign an Online Logo Use Agreement with the EPA. The agency will review applications within three business days to confirm the contractor’s enrollment in the ESVI program.
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Benefits of the ESVI Program
HVAC techs participating in the ESVI program enjoy various benefits:
- Offering customers an ESVI certificate to guarantee that their new HVAC system meets quality installation standards
- Benefiting from Energy Star marketing and technical resources
- Adding third party credibility to every job
- Increasing customer comfort and satisfaction
- Decreasing customer call backs and complaints 3
There are advantages for customers too:
- Better performing HVAC equipment
- Energy Star-verified HVAC equipment
- More energy savings thanks to peak efficiency
- Higher indoor air quality
- Increased comfort, even temperature, controlled humidity, lower noise, and less dust 4
ESVI Raises the Bar for Industry Standards
Unless it’s properly installed, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t perform at maximum levels and give customers the energy savings they expect. The ESVI program ensures that customers receive the comfort and efficiency their HVAC systems were built to provide. It’s an option once you finish your HVAC classes and are out working in the field.
1 – https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=hvac_install.hvac_install_index
2 – http://www.achrnews.com/articles/133741-new-us-epa-energy-star-program-focuses-on-hvac-installations
3 – https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=bldrs_lenders_raters.nh_benefits_hvac_contractors
4 – https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=hvac_install.hvac_install_benefits