What could be more exciting than building a new home? After all, it’s the American dream to have a living space created just for you and your family. However, a lot of people get caught up in the space layout and decorative aspects and forget about their HVAC system. Trust us; if something goes wrong with your HVAC planning and installation during your new build, you’ll find out about it sooner or later. It will not matter how pretty your home is if you are never comfortable during the hottest and coldest months of the year.
So how can you reduce the chances of ending up with a less-than-perfect HVAC system with new construction? Here are a few tips to help you make sure your system starts on the right foot.
Hire a Professional
The best thing you can do to ensure an excellent HVAC system is to hire a pro. Trained HVAC professionals offer expertise in sizing and layout of your system. If you want your heater and air conditioner to work seamlessly from the moment of installation, it is essential to get the initial planning right. Ask for examples of new construction projects and references – providing this information shouldn’t be a problem for reputable companies.
Get the Sizing Right
Having a heater or air conditioner that is too large or small for your home causes problems. An air conditioner that is too small cannot efficiently push temperature controlled air to every part of your home. One that is too large will continuously turn on and off, wasting energy. Humidity problems occur with incorrectly sized heaters and air conditioners as well. Replacing an improperly sized system is expensive, so make sure this is right the first time around.
Considering Zoning? Plan for Energy Efficiency
To build an energy efficient system that works with your family and schedule requires advanced planning. When homeowners consider adding zoning to a new construction project they should think of the home as a system. How will you use the space? Where will you spend most of your time? How many people live in the house? The answers to these questions tell you how many zones you need and which are the most active. With this information, your HVAC system is designed to keep everyone in your home happy and comfortable.
Pick a Good Spot for the Thermostat
Want to ruin a great HVAC system? Put the thermostat (or thermostats, if you have zones) in the wrong location. Ideally, a thermostat is installed on an interior wall with plenty of airflow. A room that is regularly used is a good choice, but you don’t want the thermostat near any vents or hot equipment (think electronics or light fixtures). If the thermostat gets inaccurate temperature readings, it decreases both the comfort of your home and the energy efficiency of the system.
Make Sure There’s Access to Your System
The number one task for maintaining an efficient HVAC system is replacing the filter on a regular basis. That means you must have easy access to your equipment. Make sure that your heater and air conditioner have plenty of space to allow you or a technician to get in and fix problems. This goes for all components, indoors and outdoors.
Don’t Forget Ventilation & Insulation
The “V” in “HVAC” is pretty important, as is overall insulation in your home. Great home insulation means that the temperature controlled air that you work so hard to create stays inside. While we want that air to stay inside, we also don’t want our homes to be so airtight that indoor pollution doesn’t have a way to escape. A well-planned ventilation system helps bring in the fresh air and move out stale, polluted air so that you and your family can breathe easy.
Have any questions about installing an HVAC system in new construction? Give us a call at (205) 871-8111 for a consultation!