HVAC systems help to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home by controlling the indoor climate as well as ensuring that your home has proper airflow. A good HVAC system can trap dust and pollution, thus keeping your family safe and healthy. It can also prevent mould, which once formed can be hard to get rid of. No wonder, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are an extremely important consideration when building a house. These are just some of the reasons why you should be careful while installing an HVAC system in your home.
It’s critical to choose the right size of the system
For the HVAC system to perform most efficiently, it has to be the correct size according to the room/home size. The size of the unit and the square footage it has to heat or cool has to be considered. Measure the size of the area which has to be cooled or heated and buy a system which is just right for that amount of area. If you have insulated windows, then the size of your system can be small. An oversized system will just consume more electricity, whereas a smaller but energy efficient system can help you save money on your energy bill.
Decide on the efficiency of the AC model based on your specific use case
ACs come in high efficiency and standard efficiency variations. The standard efficiency AC models are cheaper but may cost more in maintenance over time. A higher efficiency model is expensive but maintenance cost might be lower. Consult a technician to help you choose the best model for your home, depending on usage and durability of the model or better yet hire a professional company like JWA to help you with your AC choices.
Evaluate your needs for supplemental equipment
Depending on the temperature pattern of your location, you might have to buy supplemental equipment, such as dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers would increase the efficiency of your HVAC system if your climate is extremely humid. Similarly, evaporative coolers can support your HVAC system if you live in a hot and dry climate. A heat recovery unit can be installed if your home releases a lot of heat, which can be trapped and reused.
Check the types of air distribution systems you can choose from
Once the air is cooled or warmed, it has to be distributed throughout your home. This can be done via gravity, forced-air or radiant systems. Depending on your requirement, you can select between these three types of systems.
Consider energy efficiency
An energy efficient HVAC system is actually quite efficient these days, as compared to earlier models. Modern systems use 30-50% less electricity to generate cool air. Systems which have higher energy efficiency rating are more expensive, but they do save a lot of electricity and money every month.
Don’t forget maintenance
Cleaning and replacing the filters regularly and periodic checking of refrigerant charge and combustion efficiency will help to increase the life of your unit. You need to inspect the ductwork and pipes for leaks, which can waste a lot of energy and makes your system work harder to heat or cool your home. Therefore, before zeroing in on a system, it’s wise to check its maintenance requirements and ask the dealer for the maintenance plans they offer.
Follow these tips when installing an HVAC system in your home and you can enjoy a comfortable indoor environment for many years to come.