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HERS Ratings & Your San Diego Heating And Air System
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HERS Ratings & Your San Diego Heating And Air System

As you might recall, back in October 2005, the California Energy commission established new requirements for HVAC systems throughout the state. The requirements stated that ducts inside residences must be tested for leaks whenever a central air conditioner or furnace is installed or replaced.  Additionally, any ducts found to be leaking 15% or more were required to be repaired in order to reduce leaks.

However, these 2005 requirements allowed for several exemptions including:

  1. Homes in specific coastal climates.
  2. Systems having less than 40 feet of ductwork in unconditioned spaces like attics, garages, crawlspaces, basements or outside the building.
  3. Ducts constructed, insulated or sealed with asbestos.

As a result, numerous San Diego heating and air systems evaded the new requirements. But, as of  January, 2014, San Diego HVAC systems that previously avoided the changes to California’s HERS Ratings will no longer be exempt. This coming year, all residences, regardless of location, ductwork size and construction, will need to submit their systems to testing whenever their central air conditioner or furnace is installed or replaced.

This update to the rating is actually beneficial since ensuring your ductwork is not leaking in excess can reduce both your energy consumption and your electric bill. At Bill Howe, we have an expert team of San Diego HVAC technicians that can help test your homes’ ductwork. Additionally, our specialists can repair faulty and leaking ducts resulting in a much more efficient system and compliance with California’s new state law.

At Bill Howe Heating & Air, we have the knowledge, skill and expertise to make certain that your system is running at peak performance. And, no job is too large or too small for our heating and cooling technicians.

So, whether your ductwork is going to be in need of testing as a result of the upcoming HERS Rating update, or you simply want to ensure maximum heating and cooling efficiency, you can trust Bill Howe Heating & Air. We can have a highly skilled technician at your residence in no time.

For more information or to schedule an appointment  with one of our highly skilled San Diego heating and air technicians, give us a call at 1-800-Bill-Howe (1-800-245-5469).





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