Ensure your families safety while lowering your monthly utility bills. A true Win-Win!! Have you noticed a progressive increase in your monthly utility bills? Furnace not producing warmth like it use too? Water heater not producing as much hot water? Experience chronic headaches, dizziness, weakness, or nausea?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, we may be able to help. Home Performance Group (HPG) is a leader in performing gas appliance combustion analysis and tune-ups. Our technicians use state-of-the-art testing, bringing your equipment efficiency to the apex of performance while ensuring your family’s safety.
Home Performance Group combustion analysis and system tune-ups include:
- Flue gas test
- Carbon monoxide test
- Carbon dioxide test
- Free oxygen test
- System efficiency test
- Heat exchanger test
- Gas appliance efficiency enhancements and adjustments
Equipment safety and performance tune-ups provide:
Complete and clean gas appliance combustion prevents high concentrations of carbon monoxide from being produced lessening the probability of potential poisoning. Complete combustion also results in a hotter burn which helps to prevent back-draft problems which can spill toxic pollutants into your home.
Better System Efficiency
A safety and performance tune-up maximizes the efficiency of your furnace, boiler and/or water heater resulting in lower monthly utility bills, warmer air and hotter water for better home comfort. Performance improvements of 10% to 30% are routinely achieved.
A Cleaner Environment
A system tune-up is also good for the environment. By completely burning fuel, there is a reduction in toxic by-products common with partial combustion, specifically: H2 and CO.
Safety and Performance Learning
Almost every home has some form of fuel burning appliance. Fuel and air are mixed prior to ignition, at least 50% more air is required than is actually used in combustion to ensure complete and high efficient burning. Too much or too little fuel with available combustion air will result in carbon monoxide generation and incomplete combustion resulting in significantly reduced efficiency, higher monthly utility bills, more wear on the equipment and a possibly dangerous situation.
The incoming air, exhaust plumbing and gas piping all play a significant role in the safe and complete combustion of gas appliances. Combustion air and flue gas piping provide the pathway for air to enter the combustion chamber and toxic gases to escape. Small, long pipes, with several sharp turns can hinder air flow, significantly reducing system operation or allow toxic gases to seep into your home through back drafting. Undersized gas piping can impact appliances heating output and cleanness of the burn.
A common diagnosis by untrained HVAC technicians is a cracked heat exchanger of the furnace, however a much more prevalent problem is appliance back-drafting. A combustion analysis can determine the safety and efficiency of your gas furnace, boiler, or water heater allowing the technician to properly make appliance adjustments. Make sure a trained and credentialed service professional tests each appliance using a testing instrument that can detect carbon monoxide or analyze combustion gases. Industry recommendations are that each appliance be tested annually before heating season and tuned to the manufacturers measurable standards.
It is highly recommended that unvented combustion appliances, such as fireplaces, be used with caution and with a low-level carbon monoxide alarm to ensure healthy safe air. Carbon monoxide is a poison and is odorless, tasteless and invisible known as “the silent killer.”
The health effects of Carbon Monoxide CO poisoning can vary significantly due to age, sex, weight and overall state of health. Of particular concern is chronic exposure to low level of carbon monoxide. CO is measured in part per million (PPM) meaning the number of CO molecules per 1 million parts of air.
Reports indicate approximately 50,000 emergency room visits in the U.S. per year related to carbon monoxide poisoning. Fire departments around the United States have begun evacuating buildings as early as 10 PPM of CO upon discovery and no later than 35 PPM. The majority of trained fire fighters and emergency responders also wear full breathing apparatus at these levels and no later than 35 PPM.
Types of Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Alarms
There are two types of detectors on the market, a high level and low level detector. The differing characteristic is the amount of carbon monoxide in the air needed before the alarm warns you of the deadly gases presence.
High Level – are standard carbon monoxide detector that you can purchase from most retail stores. They are required to meet UL standard 2034 and do not alert occupants to the presence of CO until the level is at 70 PPM for as long as four hours. If chronic CO is present in your home at lower levels the detector may never sound leaving you exposed to long-term low levels of the sickening exposure. This detector may not be the best choice for people of vulnerable health, or specific medical conditions like pregnancy, heart ailments, clinical depression and other ailments. We recommend that every home have at least one low level carbon monoxide detector, ASK OUR SERVICE TECHNICIAN about low level detectors
Low level – provide a much lower threshold of detection alerting occupants to even slight traces of CO providing protection to vulnerable populations. HPG uses a product that can detect and alert homeowners to levels of CO at 7-10 PPM as soon as it is measured.
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Since inception HPG has designed, engineered, installed, and maintained high-performance geothermal heating and cooling systems, radiant heated floors, custom ultra-high-end epoxy floor systems, solar arrays, and spray foam insulation for low energy or net-zero homes and buildings. While HPG specializes in outfitting residential homes, we also service commercial buildings. Contact us today to help increase your comfort, reduce your utilities, or lower your environmental footprint.