THE WHOLE HOUSE HEALTH & COMFORT CHECKUP PROCESS

Quality Air Specialists, Inc. is a proud member of the Building Performance Institute. As such, we specialize in Whole House Diagnostic testing.

1.  Initial Consultation

Whole House DiagnosticsYour checkup starts with an initial interview with a Comfort and Indoor Air Quality Consultant. Your input provides valuable information, such as whether any rooms feel clammy when the air conditioner is running, or if any parts of the house need to be dusted more often than others. We encourage all the adults in your home to participate in this initial consultation since everyone’s perception of comfort and indoor air quality is unique.


2. Equipment Inspection

Home Performance RetrofitsThe inspection begins with your heating and cooling equipment. Is it efficient, dependable and safe? Your consultant will visually inspect your equipment for any signs of deterioration, improper installation, or insufficient maintenance. We will let you know the average life span of your type of equipment. Your consultant will also evaluate your system’s air filtration and purification efficiency, to determine if improvements would better clean your indoor air.


3.  Insulation Inspection

Insulation InspectionEven the best heating and cooling systems will have trouble keeping you comfortable or will cost more to run if you don’t have enough insulation. Your consultant will visually inspect insulation levels throughout your home and determine if they meet currently recommended levels. More importantly, we will look for hidden defects, such as hollow wall cavities, that allow air and heat to bypass your insulation. Attic ventilation levels will also be checked.


4. Air Leakage Evaluation

Air Leakage TestingNot all air leaks are created equal. From an air quality standpoint, those around your windows and doors are good leaks, since they let in fresh outdoor air. Bad leaks let in dusty, moldy or polluted air from your attic, garage, or crawl space. Leaky air ducts often bring in dirty air, and cause your heating and cooling equipment to perform well below peak efficiency. As part of the Infiltrometer blower door test, your consultant will pinpoint where your home’s worst air leaks are, and where improvements can be made.


5.  Air Flow Diagnosis

Air flow diagnosisIf your air duct system has hidden flaws or blockages, your air flow will be restricted or unevenly distributed. This wastes your money and can make your home uncomfortable. Studies* conducted for electric utilities nationwide show that over 66% of heat pumps and air conditioners suffer from this problem. Your consultant will conduct ‘static pressure’ tests—- like a blood pressure check for your ducts—- to reveal any hidden blockages or design problems.


6. Personalized Improvements Plan

Personalized improvement planOnce the inspection and testing are complete, your consultant will explain the results, and give you a prioritized plan of recommended improvements. Many—- such as adding insulation or weather-stripping—- can be performed by homeowners as weekend projects. Other improvements may require professionals. Upon request, your consultant will prepare a proposal for repairs we can perform, and can recommend other contractors for services we do not offer.


Quality Air Specialists, Inc. is a proud member of the Building Performance Institute. As such, we specialize in Whole House Diagnostic testing.