HVAC Tips for New Construction

Phew. It’s been a long winter. People in many parts of the country are relieved to see the mercury finally rising, slowly but surely. For a lot of homeowners, the warm weather is not only just a mood booster, but it’s also an opportunity to start working on all the home improvement projects they put off during the winter. Many of those projects involve new construction for additions and renovations. If you’re one of the countless homeowners considering a a new construction project, make sure you work alongside a qualified HVAC contractor to ensure your heating and cooling systems are properly installed and integrated.

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Find a licensed, insured, and experienced HVAC contractor. If they’re NATE certified, even better. Check with local friends and family for their personal recommendations. Online directories like Angie’s List are a fine alternative if you can’t find a good personal recommendation.
  2. With the help of your hired professional, choose a heating and cooling system that is correctly sized for your new space. If it’s too small, it will be under too much strain and won’t heat or cool effectively. If it’s too large, it will just spike your energy bill.
  3. Be sure to use insulated pipes for your heating and cooling mechanisms. If not, you’ll have to set up drainage pans that will collect condensation in an easy-to-access location so you can dump them out regularly. Otherwise, mold and mildew will grow and contaminate your indoor air quality.
  4. Also make sure your duct work is insulated (and properly sealed) for maximum efficiency.
  5. Again, with the help of your hired professional, create a plan for your thermostat. You’ll want to make sure it’s on an inside wall with plenty of air circulation. Don’t place it directly next to anything that will skew its temperature readings (like a refrigerator, oven, or washer/dryer).
  6. Check your contractor’s work by having a local building inspector come take a look. This will ensure that you don’t encounter any problems with your new construction’s HVAC system.

Good luck!

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