Priority Energy to Provide Innovative, Air Duct Sealing Technology to Create More Energy Efficient and Comfortable Home or Office

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Over 90% of new and existing homes and buildings have leaks in their air duct systems that are equal to having a door open. Priority Energy, a Chicago-based, energy efficiency company, will offer Aeroseal technology to repair leaks and improve comfort, air quality and energy efficiency.

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IT PAYS TO BE ENERGY EFFICIENT

What homeowners need to understand is...even if they have a 90% efficient furnace... they could still be wasting 37-46% of the gas or electricity they are paying for.

Priority Energy, LLC has announced the addition of Aeroseal duct-sealing technology to their energy efficiency services in the Chicagoland area. Over 90% of new and existing homes and commercial buildings in North America have air duct systems with small holes and leaks; the equivalent of leaving a door open. Sealing these leaks will improve the performance of air conditioning and heating systems and will save consumers an estimated 40 to 50 percent on utility bills. It is a relatively inexpensive, clean process that ensures better air quality, increased room comfort, energy savings, and longer HVAC system life.

Priority Energy will be an authorized contractor, one of the few in Illinois, with fully trained and certified Aeroseal technicians. The sealing process begins with a computer diagnostic test of the duct work that quickly locates leaks and holes. Once the home is properly prepared, the sealing is performed by a computer-controlled injection of aerosol particles that cling to the holes and leaks forming a tight seal from the inside. Rectangular metal ductwork tends to leak from day one, even in new homes. And the traditional mastic and tape sealing processes are not effective, nor are they a safe or healthy method.

"What homeowners need to understand is that their total heating and air conditioning efficiency is defined by multiplying the efficiency of their furnace or cooling sytem times the efficiency of their duct system. Since most duct systems are only 60-70% efficient, even if they have a 90% efficient furnace, it’s likely the actual efficiency is between 54%-63%, meaning they are wasting 37-46% of the gas or electricity they are paying for. Duct loss is also a big part of comfort problems in homes and office buildings. This is cutting-edge, cost-effective technology that can address problems in the duct systems that have been overlooked in the past, ensuring that the system operation is highly efficient," says Rob Schildgen, Owner and Founder of Priority Energy.

Air duct sealing not only yields cost savings but it adds many health benefits, particularly to allergy sufferers. Consumers are becoming more aware and educated on the ‘whole-home’ system. Today, many utility companies and contractors are advising customers who have high bill complaints or air-quality concerns to have their duct systems checked.

About Aeroseal
The innovative technology was developed at U.C. Berkeley in 1994 with funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and others. Aeroseal was selected as Popular Mechanic's Invention of the Year in 1996 and was named to DOE's "Top 100 Inventions" of the last 23 years. The Aeroseal company was recently purchased by JMD Corp. The new owners have launched a “new Aeroseal” campaign to educate and service the trade while controlling the number of dealerships nationwide.

About Priority Energy, LLC
Priority Energy has a team of RESNET and BPI Certified Energy Auditors, Trainers and Consultants who have backgrounds in engineering & building sciences. They provide clients with the knowledge and services they need to conserve energy and create a more comfortable and durable home or business. In 2010, the company audited over 1,000,000 square feet of residential and commercial space. They also offer Home Energy Auditor training, (RESNET/BPI Certifications), at Benedictine University, St. Augustine University, The Center for Asian Human Services and independent training courses throughout Illinois. The majority of the Midwest has adopted the IECC 2009 code as the standard requirement for new construction and renovation work. As certified HERS raters we also design, verify and rate these projects.

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