|Boucher Energy Systems is QIV Certified!
QIV is a COOL SMART way to ensure quality and energy savings!
Quality Installation Verification (QIV) service now available for any residential central AC system. COOL SMART verifies the results.
The Quality Installation Verification (QIV) analysis checks for proper refrigerant charge and air flow of the central air conditioner or heat pump systems. A COOL SMART trained air-conditioning technician who works for the installing contractor tests the system while it's running and takes a series of measurements which are analyzed via computer. Within a few minutes the homeowner knows how their system is performing.
COOL SMART verifies the results
Customers receive a confirmation report from COOL SMART by mail which:
- Verifies your system has been properly tested and adjusted for refrigerant charge and airflow
- Reports on any adjustments and/or repairs needed and made
Benefits of QIV:
- Increased system efficiency and lower operating expenses
- Fewer repairs and longer equipment life expectancy
- Improved dehumidification and a higher level of comfort
What steps are involved in the QIV process?
There are four basic steps. The report and instruments used will vary slightly depending on which type of verification tool the contractor uses.
- Contractor phones in, or enters on a small computer, the test data about your air conditioning system.
- Data analysis on-site or via phone generates results of refrigerant charge and airflow test data.
- If tests show manufacturer's equipment specifications for charge and airflow are not met, the system provides feedback with suggested modifications; technician completes work*, retests unit and resubmits results.
- Homeowner receives a report by mail with information explaining test results.
*In many cases, obtaining correct airflow may require additional work, such as duct sealing or changes to the duct system, for which there may be additional costs. Even if there are extra costs, they are well worth the investment in system performance, equipment reliability and long-term energy savings.
What are some other indicators of a quality installation that I should look for in addition to refrigerant charge and airflow?
There are important elements to consider in achieving the best performance and reliability from your cooling or heating system. These may include proper system sizing, duct sealing, having work done by a NATE-certified contractor, insulating and tightening your home, and conducting combustion safety tests. These and other tips are discussed in the ENERGY STAR Guide to Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling. This guide is available from COOL SMART and online at Boucher Energy Systems by clicking here.