Why should I call an HVAC company when remodeling my home?
When remodeling, do I need an HVAC specialist?
When should I update my HVAC unit?
If you are remodeling your home or building a new home, then you know that there are a lot of moving parts that need to fit together to get your remodel finished successfully. There are so many different aspects of a remodel that need to be considered, and your HVAC system is one of them.
If you are building a home or remodeling your home, you will need to think early on about where your HVAC system will go and who you will hire to install it.
Heating and air conditioning are so important in the winter and summer months that not having any is simply a ridiculous thought. Everyone needs heating and air conditioning in order to be comfortable in their homes year-round. Without a working HVAC system, you and your family will be miserable, always either too hot or too cold. You can solve this problem by thinking about your HVAC system early on in the building or remodeling process. It is never too early to start considering the different choices you have when it comes to your heating and cooling system.
Here are some of the things you will need to think about before your system can be installed:
- How large will your HVAC system be?
- Where will your indoor unit be kept?
- Where will your outdoor unit be kept?
- What kind of ductwork will you need?
- How much ductwork will you need?
- Does the area you live in have any specific HVAC requirements?
- Who will you hire to install your HVAC system?
Once you have found the answers to all these questions, you will be ready to have your HVAC system installed.
It’s smart to get an HVAC specialist involved in the beginning stages of your home remodel. You should tell him your plans and make sure that nothing you have planned will impact your current HVAC system negatively unless you make plans to fix that as well.
Update or upgrade:
A common problem during a home remodel is when your remodel will be adding space to your house. If you are building an addition or are converting a garage or attic into livable space, then chances are you will need to update or upgrade your HVAC system. Your current system probably won’t be able to handle all the extra space. You may need to buy a bigger unit in order to properly cool or heat your entire home.
Even if you don’t necessarily need a new system because of your remodel, you may want to consider a new one. If you have an older system that will need to be replaced within the next few years anyway, then now would be the perfect time to replace it. While your home is already under construction and being remodeled, you may as well add one more project to that list so that you won’t have to go through this again in the future.
Another consideration is your ductwork. You can’t see the ductwork in your home, but it is an important piece of the HVAC puzzle. While remodeling, you should have your ductwork inspected by an HVAC specialist to ensure that it is working efficiently. Your HVAC specialist can also tell you if your existing ductwork will be sufficient for your newly remodeled home or if you will need to expand your ductwork or change the configuration. It is best to have an HVAC specialist do this rather than just a general contractor. This way you know you are getting the best information from someone who deals with this type of thing every day.
Heating and air conditioning is no laughing matter. Without these seemingly little things, you will be miserable in your home and won’t be comfortable. Nobody wants to be miserable in their own homes. To avoid this, make sure that you are thinking about and planning your HVAC system as early as possible. This will help you avoid the mistakes that some homeowners make as they remodel their homes. It is more common than it should be for a homeowner to complete an expensive, beautiful renovation only to discover that their HVAC system is no longer able to keep up with the new space. Don’t let this happen to you.
Where your outdoor unit is placed is something to consider. If you are remodeling your home and changing the layout of your house, then where your current outdoor unit is placed may no longer be appropriate. You probably don’t want your outdoor unit outside a bedroom or highly used space, since it is noisy and will be annoying to whoever is in the room. If able to, you will want to move your unit to somewhere it won’t be as loud.
Your indoor unit also has some considerations. If you are upgrading to a new system that is larger, you may need to provide a larger space to house it. This can mean either expanding your current space by moving some walls a few feet back or finding an entirely new place to put your unit. If you are not upgrading your unit or your larger unit will still fit in the previous spot, then great, you won’t need to worry about moving it.
You want your HVAC system to be as efficient as possible. There are different ways to make your system more efficient, such as making sure you have the correct size unit for your space and keeping up on maintenance. If you have any concerns about efficiency or want to check your system’s efficiency, then have an HVAC specialist take a look. He or she can tell you if your system could be more efficient and can give you tips on ways to make it so. The more efficient your system is, the less money you will spend on heating and cooling bills since your system won’t be working so hard and won’t be using as much power.
HVAC systems are extremely important to your home, so make sure to plan your remodel accordingly. Get your system checked by a professional at Southern Comfort Mechanical to be sure that your home is getting the most out of your heating and air conditioning.