HVAC Advice for New Construction
Building a home can be exciting new experience. It is commonly known that American dream is to have a living space created just for your family. As the process can be a little bit overwhelming and we can easily overthink tiny details, it is nothing unusual to forget about bigger things, like your HVAC system. If something goes wrong with your HVAC planning and installation during your new construction, you’ll find out about it sooner or later. It is important to have in mind that beside being well decorated and polished your home needs to be comfortable in the hottest and coldest months of the year. Your quality of life depends on it.
Here are a few tips to help you reduce the chances of ending up with imperfect HVAC system:
Hire a Pro!
Whenever you are unsure about… well about anything, make sure you hire a professional. Trained HVAC professionals offer expertise in many aspects, like sizing and layout of your system. If you want your system to work perfectly from the moment of installation, it is essential to get the initial planning right.
Size does matter!
Having a heater or air conditioner too small or too large for your home can cause a lot of problems. An air conditioner that is too small cannot push temperature controlled air to every part of your space. And an air conditioner that is too large will continuously turn on and off, which is a waste of energy. Incorrect sized heaters and air conditioners can cause problems with humidity as well. And replacing them with the right sized ones later is additional, and not so insignificant expense.
Planing and some more planing!
To build an energy efficient system that works requires advanced planning. Before you really commit to detailed project make sure you have answers to these questions: Where will you spend most of your time during the day and night? How many people live in the house you are building? How will you use the space? The answers will help you decide how many zones you need for your home to make everyone comfortable.
Put the thermostat (or thermostats, if you have zones) in the wrong location and you can cause problems with great HVAC system. The thermostat should be installed on an interior wall. The location is ideal because of the constant airflow. The room that is regularly used is also a good choice. You do not want the thermostat near any hot equipment or near vents, because it is important that your thermostat gets accurate temperature readings.
Regular maintenance and accessibility
In order to have an efficient HVAC system, you need to keep the things in check. Regular maintenance of your indoor and outdoor components is
a must. You need to have easy access to your equipment so you can replace the filters regularly. Make sure that your HVAC has a plenty of space that allows you and your technician to get in and fix any kind of issue.