The Whole House Concept: The Whole Is Greater Than Sum Of Its Parts
In 1982, A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning & Home Solutions helped develop the “whole house” concept. The Whole House concept to helps residents and businesses save more energy by doing multiple energy saving “repairs” instead of just one.
A-Plus ‘Whole House’ Background
Back in the 80s, you might have been told to replace your cooling system with a new, high-efficiency, two-speed air conditioner with a 10 SEER energy rating. You were probably also told to increase the size of your system because “bigger is better.” If you wanted a more energy-efficient home, you added more insulation. At A-Plus, we were convinced increasing a building’s energy efficiency was more complicated, requiring a broader approach. We set out to find a more comprehensive way to help homeowners save on their energy bills.
We weather stripped doors, windows and pipe penetrations, sealed building “air leaks,” reduced air leakage from AC ducts, replaced damaged ducts, blocked solar gain through windows and skylights, increased attic ventilation and more. Interestingly, we discovered that homes and businesses with smaller air conditioners, requiring less electricity usage, provided better overall heating and cooling. We also realized that an undersized unit works hard, while an oversized unit doesn’t remove enough humidity.
Is Your Austin HVAC Properly Sized?
What does this all mean? At A-Plus, we were developing our Whole House concept, we discovered that proper sizing is key. We came to realize homes with smaller, less “demanding” AC systems, using less electricity, provided better comfort than homes with older, oversized cooling system. The concept was so simple.
Imagine standing in the cold, with only part of your body properly clothed. Only the sufficiently-clothed part will be comfortable. Now imagine it’s 0 degrees outside. You’re wearing shorts and a t-shirt. You’ll need a large fire to keep warm. Add layers of clothing (insulation and weather stripping in your home’s case), and now a smaller heat source is necessary to keep you warm. If your building is properly “dressed,” it needs less cooling and heating—thus, our “whole house” energy conservation concept.
What Does the Whole House Concept Include?
A whole house approach takes multiple variables into consideration to achieve the most energy-efficient solution for your home:
- Have an energy audit of your home
- Weatherize the building evenly
- Proper insulation types and levels
- Duct sealing and duct replacement
- Solar screens management on windows and skylights
- Proper HVAC replacement with the correct size
- Your lifestyle
A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning & Home Solutions will help you determine the proper steps for conserving energy, lowering your utility bills, and achieving higher levels of home comfort. Call us today at 512-450-1980 to schedule to speak with one of our professionals about our many services and to schedule an appointment. Or contact A-Plus via email. You can also Visit Our Office.