You’re Remodeling – Should You Change Your HVAC System?

Planning out a new remodeling project? Adding needed space to your home?

While many homeowners love adding new features, shopping for flooring and appliances, the one thing they often forget is the functionality of the home. If you tear down walls, change the layout of a room, and add more square footage to your home, there’s something else you’ll need to change too: your HVAC system.

When your home was initially designed and built, before the drywall was fitted into place, an HVAC team came in and ran ductwork throughout your home for efficiency. Now that you’re changing the structure size and location of rooms, the ducts might not be situated perfectly for the layout of your rooms. That means you might have rooms too hot or cold, where conditioned air can’t do the job as intended.

What can you do?

Change your HVAC system based on your remodeling project.

Start with the ductwork.

You’re Remodeling - Should You Change Your HVAC System?To gain the most efficient HVAC system possible, it’ll require you to ensure your ductwork effortlessly weaves through your home. Configuration matters. If you have a blueprint, you can start there. If not, call in one of our technicians to help you determine how the ductwork feeds through your home. This will give you a better idea of how your remodeling changes will impact the flow.

This is also a good time to evaluate the efficiency of your entire ductwork system. If your home is years – decades – old, keep in mind that ductwork is only designed to last twenty to twenty-five years. According to the EPA, the average home loses up to 30 percent of conditioned air due to inefficiencies within the ductwork system. Now is the perfect time to fix the ductwork, and bring it up to maximum efficiency.

Consider capacity

When your HVAC system was originally installed, it was done so based on the size and layout of your home. If you’ve made changes – finished a basement, knocked down walls, expanded your home – it no longer is designed as built. And that impacts how well your HVAC system can condition your home.

If your HVAC equipment is too small for the job, it’ll never be able to produce the correct amount of conditioned air. That means it’ll operate longer than necessary, and eventually need repairs well before the average end of life. By bringing the equipment up to current specifications, you’ll ensure the equipment runs properly and can keep your home comfortable no matter what the weather is doing outside.

Are you in the process of remodeling your home? Maybe now is the time to evaluate just how well your HVAC equipment operates. Give us a call today.

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