Heating consulting is a big industry that reaches well beyond new homes and into older homes, too. There are many good reasons to invest in a heating consultation regardless of the age of your home, but there are some things to watch out for as well.
The biggest advantage of investing in heating consulting is that you get a professional report on your entire HVAC system. A heating consultant will look at all aspects of the HVAC in your home, from the routing of ductwork to the size of your heat registers to the performance of your furnace or heat pump.
Common measurements taken include airflow out of the furnace, airflow through the ductwork, and actual airflow into each room. The temperature of the air coming into each room is generally measured, too, to determine how much of a change there is from when the air leaves the furnace to when it actually enters a room. Proper air return is also part of the efficiency and effectiveness of your HVAC system so that is typically part of the consultation as well.
As with any process of hiring any professional, there are few things to look for and check out before making a final decision on a heating consultant. Check the experience and training of the potential consultant to make sure he or she has the broad range of knowledge needed to look at the whole system rather than just individual parts of the system. Find out exactly what will be evaluated and what kind of report you can expect back after the consultation is complete.
Nearly all heating and cooling repair companies offer some sort of home heating evaluation, but remember that they have a financial interest in getting you to use their services. Whenever possible, find an independent and certified heating consulting professional to perform the evaluation.