What You Should Know Before Your New Air Comfort System Installation
The time has arrived for a new HVAC system to be installed in your home. There are several things that homeowners should take into consideration when making the decisions that accompany a new comfort system. The purchase of a new HVAC system is a major choice that we make only once or twice in our lifetime. Ensuring that your new system will be designed and installed using quality standards by qualified professionals is crucial to your family's comfort for many years to come.
Sizing the Load
Sizing your home's new HVAC system should involve more than simply basing it on your old system's capacity. If your old system was sized incorrectly from the start, this can lead to problems with your new system's efficiency, especially if your home's heating and cooling needs have changed in the years since the old system was installed. Have you added more rooms to your home? Have you installed upgraded windows? Have you added more insulation or updated your garage door and other exterior doors for more energy-efficient ones? All of these changes play a big role in the proper sizing of your HVAC system. Improper sizing can lead to an uncomfortable home and can increase installation costs as well as lead to moisture problems in your home down the line.
A quality contractor will use the time and skill necessary to properly measure and evaluate your home, and complete a professional load calculation when designing a new system for you. Many building codes around the country must meet the official standards of the Manual J residential load calculation procedure. Ask your contractor if they use this procedure.
The Right Equipment
There are many capacities, configurations, and efficiencies of HVAC equipment available on the market. An accurate load calculation will help your contractor make the correct selection of equipment that will be most compatible with your home's heating and cooling needs.
Don't Forget Ductwork
One often overlooked component of your HVAC system is your home's ductwork. A properly sized and installed duct system may last forever. But over time, the factors of heat and humidity can eventually degrade its insulation. Over time ducts may also collect contaminates which require cleaning. If your duct system is in need of repair or replacement, it will be difficult to receive the full benefit of your new HVAC installation. Have your contractor evaluate your duct system to make sure all is in good order.
When evaluating your home for a new system, it is also important to check your return air grille and supply air registers. These devices play a crucial role in the comfort of your home. Your contractor should verify that these are sized and operating properly to contribute to the efficiency of your new installation.
Selecting a Contractor
Choosing the right contractor to design and install your new comfort system is important. HVAC systems are a large expenditure for homeowners, and your comfort is dependent upon the quality of installation and the equipment. Make sure your contractor is professional, performs at industry standards, and is able to deliver quality work for your home.
Our team at New Systems HVAC is made up of fully trained and licensed professionals who take pride in their workmanship. Give us a call or contact us through this website so we can assist you with your next HVAC installation.