In today’s day and age energy efficiency is crucially important. With fossil fuels rising in price and consumer electronic use becoming more and more prevalent, you can understand why being energy efficient is necessary.
Breathe Easy with Cook Home Services
Our energy efficiency diagnostics and testing include:
- Air Quality Testing
- Ductwork Diagnostic
- Energy Efficiency Evaluation & Consultation
- Home Performance Testing
- Humidity Testing
- HVAC System Evaluation
Understanding your home’s energy use and where the best investment can be made to lower your carbon footprint and your energy bills is a service we specialize in!
There are three significant ways to reduce your energy bill:
- Add geothermal and/or solar (with battery) systems to reduce your utility usage.
- Insulate your home to reduce the energy needed to keep it warm or cool. This can be done with insulation, new doors and windows, increasing airflow efficiency, and better controlling humidity within the home.
- Upgrade your equipment and appliances to more energy efficient models.
Let’s start with where your home utilizes the most energy. On average, residential single structure home expenditures on energy break down the following ways:
- 43% Heating and Cooling – the quality of your home’s insulation, doors and window insulating factors, ductwork insulation, smart thermostat settings, humidity systems, air circulation, and ratings of your heating and air conditioning have a huge impact on your energy usage – especially during the warmest and coldest months.
- 12% Water Heating – the energy efficiency of your water heater and flow rate of hot water play a large role. New tankless water heaters are highly efficient because they heat water on-demand rather than 24 hours a day.
- 11% Lighting – newer LED-based lighting and timers can significantly reduce your lighting energy usage.
- 9% Appliances – replacing older, inefficient appliances (like clothes dryers) with newer appliances can improve your energy usage.
- 9% Electronics – homes are acquiring more and more electronics nowadays, and thankfully many devices like Televisions, are becoming far more energy efficient.
- 8% Refrigeration – replacing older, inefficient refrigerators and freezers with newer better rated versions can improve your energy usage.
- 8% Miscellaneous – all of your other usage.
Why Should You Have A Home Performance Test Done
When you have Cook Home Services perform an efficiency test on your HVAC and air quality equipment, you get a comprehensive diagnostic of your entire system. This diagnostic will check to see if your system is running as efficiently as it can, where it may be inefficient, ways to fix the problem and more.
A home performance test will also alert you of potential problems before they become expensive repairs. When the test is done, you’ll know exactly what your options are. Whether they be simple things you can do to be more efficient or getting on a maintenance plan to tune-up your equipment, or even considering a high efficiency replacement, Cook Home Services will always have helpful suggestions and plenty of options to offer.
Indoor Air Quality
All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. Some we choose to accept because to do otherwise would restrict our ability to lead our lives the way we want. And some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices. Indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about.
At Cook Home Services, we are committed to helping educate residents about the health risks of poor indoor air quality and then helping you do something about it. That is why we are the area’s number one indoor air quality professionals.
In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.
What Causes Indoor Air Problems?
- Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air (cooking, cleaning products, paint, etc.)
- Inadequate ventilation or circulating pollutants throughout the building caused by clogged ducts and vents can increase indoor pollutant levels.
- High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
The best way to safeguard your home or business from poor indoor air quality is with Cook Home Services’s Indoor Air Quality Services.
Many people don’t realize that humidity control plays an important role in the quality of indoor air. Not only is water vapor a key agent in climate but it also has a number of effects on health. A healthy indoor climate consists of a perfect balance of humidity. If you have too little humidity you may suffer a number of health issues.
You may experience dry skin, scratchy throat, and could be susceptible to sinus infection due to dried out mucous membranes. Low humidity also exacerbates respiratory problems. This is because the human body functions most efficiently in a somewhat moist environment. With the proper balanced humidity, your sinuses, skin and lungs can function as they should.
In contrast, too much humidity can also be bad. Very moist environments are the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and other pathogens. Also, mold and mildew thrive in these conditions, which can be a problem for people who suffer allergies and asthma. Mold spores and dust mites run rampant in high humidity, and each cause their fair share of health issues. Aside from the health problems, high humidity may cause condensation which can be bad for your property, causing water stains and odors.
The best way to safeguard your health and property from the issues attributed to humidity is by contacting the indoor air quality specialists at Cook Home Services. We are air quality experts and offer a number of humidity control options for your Crawfordsville or Greencastle home or business. Our methods are effective and we work with the finest manufacturers of quality humidity control equipment. That is why we are the top choice in Crawfordsville and Greencastle for humidity control specialist.
Humidity Control Services
- Whole Home Humidity Control Systems
- Built In HVAC Humidity Control
In extreme cold temperatures, humidity will decrease drastically. With the bitter winters in Indiana, low humidity during these times may be an issue. This is typically the time when you will suffer from dry and irritated skin, dried out nose and throat, trouble breathing and sleeping and an overall discomfort from dryness. If you experience these problems, Cook Home Services can help. With a humidifier, we can eliminate these issues. A humidifier is a device that simply introduces water vapor into the air. Most humidifiers have a mechanism that gauges moisture and releases water vapor when moisture levels get too low. That way, humidity is kept at a comfortable level at all times. There are small humidifiers for individual rooms and large humidifiers for an entire building available. At Cook Home Services we can also install a humidity control system directly into your HVAC for your home or commercial building. Humidity is good for your skin, lungs and sinuses, so sleep better, feel fresher and improve your overall mood and health with a humidifier from Cook Home Services.
During hotter months high humidity can be a problem as well. With so much moisture in the air, there are many unwanted things that can infiltrate your indoor environment. Another downside to high humidity is that the moist environment coupled with hot temperatures can actually interfere with your body’s ability to naturally cool itself. This is the source of things such as heat stroke. By implementing the use of a dehumidifier, you can safeguard yourself from these issues. A dehumidifier does exactly what its name implies; it takes moisture out of the air. This returns humidity to comfortable levels that are conducive to healthy and comfortable living.
Home Performance Testing
In today’s day and age energy efficiency is crucially important. With fossil fuels rising in price and consumer electronic use becoming more and more prevalent, you can understand why being energy efficient is necessary. Of all energy consumption in your home or business, heating and cooling can take up to as much as 50%. Add on top of that the use of indoor air quality equipment and the air in your building becomes a rather costly thing.
The best way to get some control over your HVAC energy consumption is with home performance testing. With Home Performance Testing from Cook Home Services you get a detailed look at the efficiency and performance of your heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. Our team of trained HVAC professionals are knowledgeable in energy efficiency and sustainable energy systems. We know just what to look for and how to execute plans to keep your HVAC system operating at peak efficiency. This will allow the inhabitants of your home to be more comfortable while you spend less money.
Why Should You Have A Home Performance Test Done
When you have Cook Home Services perform an efficiency test on your HVAC and air quality equipment, you get a comprehensive diagnostic of your entire system. This diagnostic will check to see if your system is running as efficiently as it can, where it may be inefficient, ways to fix the problem and more. A home performance test will also alert you of potential problems before they become expensive repairs. When the test is done, you’ll know exactly what your options are. Whether they be simple things you can do to be more efficient or getting on a maintenance plan to tune-up your equipment, or even considering a high efficiency replacement, Cook Home Services will always have helpful suggestions and plenty of options to offer. If you are concerned that you are spending too much money on your energy bill, or the comfort level of your home isn’t up to par, contact the experienced Crawfordsville and Greencastle heating and air conditioning contractors at Cook Home Services for an HVAC and indoor air quality home performance test.
If you are looking for a professional HVAC home performance testing then please call 765-205-2230 or complete our online contact form.