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Residential HVAC design company?

2008GT500 | Posted in Mechanicals on

I feel like one of the biggest mistakes in my last home was having a poor HVAC design.  I just don’t think the industry really understood sealed homes 15 years ago. 

I had come across EnergyWise, but after reading one of Martin’s articles, I’m a little hesitant.  https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/another-deceptive-letter-spray-foam-r-values  Not that they lied, but definitely compared apples to oranges to tell the story.

Does the community here recommend a designer that specializes in sealed homes?

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  1. GBA Editor
    Brian Pontolilo | | #1

    Hi Tom.

    Where are you located?

  2. 2008GT500 | | #2

    Hey Brian, I am in Orlando, FL.

  3. Expert Member
    Dana Dorsett | | #3

    It's worth checking in with Curt Kinder of Greener Solutions in Jacksonville. The are fully capable of doing the design remotely, and close enough to drive up and scream at them if it doesn't work out. ;-)

    http://www.greenersolutionsair.com/about-us

    Seriously, Curt is the real deal, won't overdesign or overbuild the system and is good about pointing out insulation deficits or other building issues worth upgrading prior to designing and implementing the HVAC. While they design a lot of ground source heat pump systems it's not their only area of expertise. They're really only going to design the HVAC part, and won't be designing the house, but they'll get their part right, and would be able to point out features of a house under design that would make or break the comfort & efficiency.

    Curt has posted on this forum more than just a time or two, but not recently. This is Martin Holladay's take on him from a couple of years ago:

    https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/question/good-advice-for-florida-homeowners-with-air-conditioner-problems

  4. 2008GT500 | | #4

    Thanks Dana, will definitely check him out.

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