Installing or replacing the heating-ventilation-air conditioning (HVAC) system in your house is a highly involved process. And, it can be daunting from the outset. Whether you’re building a new house or simply making improvements on an old one, a new HVAC system is a substantial project that you don’t want to rush into. Another thing you don’t want to do is choose the option that sounds simplest or cheapest. With some careful consideration and research, you’ll be able to get the perfect heating and cooling system to suit your purposes.
1. Plan, Plan, Plan
Like any home improvement or building project, the initial planning phase is essential. You can save yourself lots of time and money from the outset by doing your homework and knowing all your options. Alternately, without careful pre-planning, you can make early slip-ups that cause manifold issues later on. Don’t let a molehill turn into a mountain: start with careful planning to finish with a sustainable product that you’re happy with. You’ll want to be sure you know exactly how much power your system will need.
2. Visit Your Local HVAC Provider
Your local HVAC provider can help you determine the power limitations, essential materials, and budgeting for your project. You may also want to address the quality of the existent insulation materials when doing a rebuild. For instance, some old houses require filters, humidifiers and dehumidifiers that aren’t built into the HVAC unit. Some old houses may also contain asbestos insulation or some other harmful material that can compromise the safety of the inhabitants. Check the quality of the existing system before beginning your project.
3. Know Your Budget
Do some number crunching before you purchase the project materials or hire anyone. If you’re on a limited budget, you may want to identify the most essential parts of the project to maximize the quality and consider foregoing the less important ones for a later date. For instance, radiant floor heating may be part of your plan, but if you can live without it, you may be able to get a better filtration system. Think about value and longevity, and be realistic with your budget.
4. Location, Location, Location
The physical location of your HVAC system can have a profound effect on the effectiveness and longevity of the unit. An HVAC unit placed on a flat surface will likely outperform one installed on a slant, just as one installed in a shady area will likely be more efficient that one in the sun. Increased environmental factors can heavily affect the performance and lifespan of your unit. Carefully examine your choices and place the HVAC unit on a level surface in a cool, dry area.
5. Size and Quality
An air treatment system should fit a house like a suit fits your body. No one wants an HVAC unit that doesn’t properly utilize its space. A perfectly fitted HVAC system will reward you with peak temperatures and savings. An HVAC system may seem expensive, but keep in mind that it’s an investment that inflates the value of your home. Instead of thinking about the initial cost of a system, concentrate on getting a high quality system that won’t need replacement for years.
Don’t underestimate how much money a local HVAC company can save you. They can also ensure the quality of the final product. Put your HVAC project in the hands of certified, experienced contractors, like those at American Coil.
Author Bio: Albert K. is a freelance writer and former technician at Manley’s Boiler. He currently lives in Monterey Park, CA with his two daughters and wife, Sarah.