HVAC System Adjustment and Verified Efficiency (SAVE) is a contractor training and certification program that teaches HVAC technicians how to properly diagnose heating and cooling equipment for performance issues. HVAC SAVE can provide you with peace of mind knowing your heating and cooling equipment are working properly with your ductwork and your home’s needs.
What is HVAC SAVE?
How can I have an HVAC SAVE test done?
You can ask your current HVAC technician if they are HVAC SAVE certified and if they can perform an HVAC SAVE test on your equipment. If you need to find an HVAC SAVE certified individual, you can search for someone in your area here.
How can I benefit from an HVAC SAVE check on my HVAC system?
An HVAC SAVE test can let you know if your HVAC system is operating at peak performance. If your system is not operating as it should be, you will then have the information you need to make an informed decision on what to do next. A properly performing HVAC system means lower utility bills, comfortable levels on humidity and temperature, and better indoor air quality.
Will an HVAC SAVE test disrupt my furnace or air conditioner?
No, an HVAC SAVE test is actually performed while your system is running under normal operating conditions. A few harmless holes will be drilled in you system to check the air pressure and temperature levels, but they will be plugged when the HVAC SAVE test is finished.
My furnace is brand new, do I still need to have it checked out?
It’s easy to assume if you have a brand new furnace or air conditioner in your home that the equipment is operating at peak performance. Unlike other appliances in your home such as a refrigerator or stove, your HVAC equipment cannot just be taken out of the box and plugged in. Your HVAC equipment depends on a series of ducts and registers winding through your unique home and if the new unit is not properly matched with the existing ductwork, your equipment may not be operating at its optimum capacity. If the equipment is not operating as efficiently as possible it means higher monthly utility bills, decreased comfort, and decreased indoor air quality.
Why is proper installation important for my home's HVAC system?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that nearly half of all home HVAC systems are not operating as advertised due to improper installation and poor maintenance. Most homeowners don’t realize that they can do something about it. This doesn’t mean that your equipment was installed incorrectly; technology has evolved and we now have the capability to test and verify equipment when previously that testing was not available.
Are any utilities involved in HVAC SAVE?
Yes. In Iowa, Alliant Energy, Cedar Falls Utilities, and MidAmerican Energy all require that homeowners seeking a rebate for new equipment use an HVAC SAVE certified professional to do the installation. Heating and cooling costs are typically the largest energy expense for more U.S. homes and utilities are interested in reducing wasted energy use; HVAC SAVE is one area of focus to achieve those goals.