If you are looking to install a new HVAC system in your home, you will want to counsel with your architect or home designer first. Then you will want to have some conversation with HVAC contractors as well. In the case your home or building project has any special heating needs or you are not aware of any, you may want the insights of a heating engineer.
You will want to get a good idea of what your needs really are. If you are working from a tight budget, you will want to highlight the bare essentials. If you can afford a more comprehensive system, you may want to consider the luxury of radiant floor heating. Then never forget the cost-effective solutions of upgrading and extending the system you currently own.
Following are the most important considerations that will lead you to the best HVAC system for your needs.
The AC Unit
If the temperatures in your area rarely go higher than 85° F, you might not even need central air conditioning. On the other hand, this is a valuable selling point for the real estate market. If you think you will be relocating any tie in the foreseeable future, the central AC option may be a worthy investment. Never forget that houses featuring high-class amenities receive far better prices. A central AC unit also includes the filtration system that can make the air quality higher and improve the lives for asthmatics in the home.
The Dangers of Going “TOO BIG”
It may seem crazy, but a heating system that is too powerful for the home is very inefficient. What happens is the thermostat will cause the system to cycle on and off rapidly, meaning more strain on the mechanisms. The HVAC system will not reach the optimal function level where energy expenses are reduced.
Do the Calculations!
Making the calculations of HVAC capacity to the heating load of the home is best done with the help of your home architect or designer. You will need to compare the heating capacity of various HVAC systems to the heating load required in your location. The heating load is found by factoring the size of the home and its insulation with the local climate and a few other pertinent factors.
Simple Can Be Cost-Effective
Your existing HVAC system may be the best HVAC system for you. If your current system is still in good operating conditions and just needs to be upgraded or extended to reach different areas, this may be the most cost-effective route for you.
A smart shopper is not always looking for the best bargain. Buying a quality option will ensure that you get the best warranties. While they will cost more to install, you will save yourself from a world of headaches further down the line. A good quality unit will be guaranteed for twenty years, you CAN by peace of mind.
You will want to make sure the unit you install can be serviced by contractors in your area. Some of the systems in operation today require specialist to service and even install properly. Imporper installation can lead to malfunctions as well. It would be shame to have to fly in a technician in the dead of winter, very costly too!