Your HVAC system is one of the most complicated systems within your home. It’s more than a furnace in your basement or crawlspace, and an air conditioning unit sitting outside. It’s an intricate web of ductwork, ensuring every room in your home is adequately conditioned.
Unfortunately, a lot of HVAC service providers look at it as nothing more than mechanical equipment. They install a piece here, tighten a screw there, thinking of each piece as a material object that connects it all together.
It’s more than that. Get it wrong, and it impacts your home’s comfort levels, how energy efficient your home operates, as well as your indoor air quality.
But not every HVAC installer gets all that. They think mechanics because it’s easier. It’s easy to teach someone the mechanical side. The other side is more intuitive. It takes years to learn how everything comes together to impact comfort levels as well as air quality.
Choose the right HVAC installer, and they’ll understand things like:
Proper equipment size – you should never install HVAC equipment based on past equipment or price of a unit. Instead, equipment size should be based on the load your home requires. If you buy too big, it can cause temperature swings and won’t dehumidify your home properly. Yet many homes operate with units too large for their property – many HVAC installers work under the assumption that bigger is better, when that’s not the case at all.
Duct sealing – leaky ducts cause many problems throughout your home. They allow conditioned air to flow where it shouldn’t necessarily be. They can cause some rooms to be too hot while others are too cold. And they decrease inefficiency exponentially. Even more dangerous, if your ducts aren’t properly sealed, it can allow poisonous gases to leak where it shouldn’t be.
Indoor air quality – considering most of us spend 90 percent of our time indoors, it’s important to think about the quality of your indoor air supply. If air isn’t properly flowing from your air conditioner or furnace, through the ducts, out into your rooms, and back again, it’s not as healthy as it could be.
Thining about installing a new HVAC system this year? Don’t just compare equipment; spend time comparing HVAC installers too. It could be the difference between a comfortable, efficient house, and one you’ll have problems with for years.