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Hers Rater  -  Hers Testing  -  Duct Testing
Air Balancing - Refrigerant Charge - QII Quality Insulation Installation 
ADU Additional Dwelling Units tested Since 2005.  
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What is a HERS Rater

Home Energy Rating System Rater (HERS Rater) is a person Trained and Certified by a State approved organization through the California Department of Energy to perform Testing pertaining  to conserving energy. HERS Raters can perform many services from duct testing to builder inspections for LEED or Energy Star programs, energy credits, or other energy saving inspections.

What is a duct leak test? 

A Duct leakage HERS test is a pressure test to measure any air loss in your duct system.  The HERS Rater seals off the duct system to pressurize it using special duct testing equipment that measures the input and loss. The Energy Department found that the average homes duct system leaks approximately 30% and made duct leakage testing mandatory Oct 2005.

How long does it take to perform a standard airtightness test of a house or duct system? 

How long does it take to perform a standard air tightness test of a house or HERS duct system?
A standard air tightness test of a house can usually be completed in 30 minutes or less. If you are having the Air conditioning also tested the total test should be about 1 hour. The Blower Door can typically be installed in about 5 - 10 minutes. Additional preparation and inspection of the house prior to beginning a test adds another 15 minutes. At this point, a test of the house to determine the overall leakage of the envelope can be conducted in less than 5 minutes.
Once the simple air tightness test has been completed, additional diagnostic procedures to find and prioritize the major leakage sites can add another 20 to 45 minutes depending on the size and complexity of the house, and the procedures used.
A standard air tightness duct test system using a Duct Blaster usually takes a little longer than a house test (about 20 to 30 minutes more), due to the need to temporarily seal all registers and grills before starting the testing procedure. Use of an adhesive backed register sealing material, such as Duct Mask, can keep this additional time investment to a minimum. 

Are there Utility Company rebates available?

Are there Utility Company rebates available?
Yes. The major utility companies have programs available each year for New Construction Builders and existing homeowners as well. The funds are available on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited. Please call your utility company to inquire about funds availability. 
                         45L FEDERAL $2000 TAX CREDIT EXTENDED THROUGH 2021!
                                 Available for some new construction and ADU's       
     

Why do I need a Title-24?

Why do I need a Title-24?
The California Energy Commission requires the County or City Building Departments review a Title-24 energy calculation on your home to ensure the new construction, addition, or remodels comply with California Code Efficiency Standards before a permit is issued.

When do I need a Title-24?

When do I need a Title-24?
Anytime you build a new home, change the square footage of the house or increase the window sizes. 

About Energy Star

About Energy Star
ENERGY STAR, an innovative energy efficiency program first introduced in 1995 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a voluntary national partnership that now includes more than 2,400 builders, developers, retailers and product manufacturers all working to build homes that use energy more efficiently.

What is an Energy Star Home?

What is an Energy Star Home?
An Energy Star home is built a minimum of 15% more energy compliant than California Energy Code requirements. The extra measures used to meet the minimum 15% are required to be verified by an independent 3rd party tester/inspector (called a HERS Rater). Once the tests/inspections are successfully verified, Home Energy Rating Service registers the home on the State Registry and issues the Energy Star Certificate.

Why would I want my home to be Energy Star?

Why would I want my home to be Energy Star?
An Energy Star home has various advantages. The greatest advantages are lower utility bills and mortgage incentives. For new homebuilders, the advantages also include marketing benefits. 

What is the difference between Energy Star and the Total Home™ System programs?

What is the difference between Energy Star and the Total Home™ System programs?
The Total Home System™ incorporates all Energy Star measures and more. The house is required to have ACCA approved duct designs, improved insulation installation and the outside envelope is better sealed to prevent your conditioned air from escaping. At each step, a qualified HERS Rater inspects and tests each home to verify the superior energy efficiency quality of the home. 

Watch a video about how to pass your duct test.

Contact us

Home Energy Rating Service

Hi, my name is Rick and I will answer your questions. I have been doing testing for a long time. You can send me an email or call my cell.
805 551-1050


WHAT IS CHANGING FROM 2016 TO 2019 Standards
The 2019 standards will be implemented statewide on January 1, 2020

45L FEDERAL $2000 TAX CREDIT EXTENDED THROUGH 2021!
Available for some new construction and ADU's


NEW HOME REQUIREMENTS

Quality Insulation Installation and associated HERS testing is prescriptively required.

• Whole house fan testing.

• Kitchen exhaust hood verification.
Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) Product Directory HVI.org/prod directory
Kitchen Range Hood Verification requirements

• Home infiltration (blower door) if project utilizes continuous exhaust for attached
dwellings.

• HVAC systems require MERV 13 filter.

• Water heater credit for Drain Water Heat Recovery system.

• Residential Solar

• The new code requires solar photovoltaic systems for new homes.
For new residential homeowners, based on a 30-year mortgage, the Energy Commission estimates that the new code will add about $40 to an average monthly payment, but save consumers $80 on monthly heating, cooling and lighting bills. Nonresidential buildings will use about 30 percent less energy due mainly to lighting upgrades.



QII Handbook - Install your insulation the correct way    PDF Download
DON'T DRYWALL BEFORE YOUR HERS INSPECTION! 
Sealing Top Plates PDF

About us

We have been doing Title 24 HERS Rater duct testing certifications since the California Energy Commission made it mandatory in 2005.

We provide HERS Testing - Duct Testing service to A/C Contractors, Builders, and Homeowners in the following counties: Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange County. If you live outside this area contact us and we will help you find a HERS Rater to do a HERS test or Duct Testing in your area.

We can provide you with a State Certified Title 24 HERS Rater Duct Test and the Refrigerant Charge Measurement along with all the necessary forms. Including the CF-1R, CF-2R and CF-3R forms which are required by both the City and County Inspectors when the HERS duct test is performed.

HERS Raters are certified by the California Energy Commission as special inspectors for performing HERS Ratings, HERS testing, HERS certification, HERS verification, Duct testing, or a third party HERS Rater HERS test - Duct test. 


Why Choose Us

Our values form the basis of everything we do.

Respectful

We treat our customers, employees and business partners with respect and our relationship with them is based on an open dialogue. We keep our word and our promises. For us, respect and trust form the basis for working successfully with others.

Independent

Through our entrepreneurial independence, we develop transparent, honest and optimal solutions for our customers.

Personal

With energy, enthusiasm and expertise, we work hard every day on our customers behalf. For us, being close to our customers is an essential aspect of providing outstanding services.

Sustainable

On all levels of our organization and business units, our aim is to add value and act responsibly. We work towards sustainable success and treat our company and its resources with care.

Cities serviced by 
Home Energy Rating Service
Ventura - Los Angeles - San Bernardino - Orange County

Our Service Area:
Agoura Hills Alhambra Altadena Arcadia Arleta Artesia Azusa Baldwin Park Bel Air Bell Bell Gardens Bellflower Beverly Hills Bradbury Brentwood Burbank Cahuenga Pass Calabasas Camarillo Canoga Park Carson   Cerritos Chatsworth Claremont Colfax Meadows Commerce Compton Covina Cudahy Culver City Diamond Bar Downey Duarte Eagle Rock El Monte El Segundo Encino Gardena Glendale Glendora Granada Hills Hawaiian Gardens Hawthorne Hermosa Beach Hidden Hills Huntington Park Industry Inglewood Irwindale Kagel Canyon La Canada La Crescenta La Habra Heights La Mirada La Puente, CA Norwalk Shadow Hills La Tuna Canyon Olive View Sherman Oaks La Verne Oxnard Orange Lake Balboa Pacific Palisades Sierra Madre Lake View Terrace Pacoima CA Signal Hill Lakewood Palmdale Simi Valley Lancaster Palos Verdes South El Monte, CA Lawndale Panorama City South Gate Lomita Paramount South Pasadena Long Beach Pasadena Stonehurst Los Angeles Pico Rivera Studio City Lynwood Pomona Sun Valley, CA Malibu    Porter Ranch Sunland Manhattan Beach Redondo Beach Sylmar Marina Del Rey Reseda Tarzana Maywood Rolling Hills Temple City Mission Hills Monrovia San Fernando Toluca Woods Montebello San Gabriel Topanga Monterey Park San Marino Torrance Montrose Tujunga NoHo Arts District Santa Clarita Valencia North Hills Santa Fe Springs Valley Glen North Hollywood Santa Monica Valley Village Northridge Sepulveda Van Nuys Ventura Riverside Realto Vernon Fontana Upland Walnut Ontario Montclair Warner Center Rancho Cucamonga Upland West Covina Chino Norco West Hills Thousand Oaks Moorpark West Hollywood Newbury Park Anaheim West Toluca Simi Valley Westlake Village Westwood Whittier Winnetka Woodland Hills