If you're in the process of building a new home, apartment complex, or commercial property, one of the most important things you'll need to consider is your HVAC system. A properly installed and working HVAC system is essential for the comfort level and longevity of your build. In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the things you should keep in mind when having your HVAC system installed in new construction, whether it’s a residential or commercial build.
Plan for the Future: Two of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to your HVAC system on new construction, are direction and location. The direction your new construction build faces plays a huge role in the type of heater and ac system you’ll need. Depending on the type of build, this is sometimes out of your control. Ideally, depending on the layout, you want it to face north or northeast for the highest efficiency and comfort. Secondly, the location of your HVAC units. The location of the ac unit will determine how well it will be able to do its job. For example, if you are installing an air conditioner, you'll want to make sure that it's not in direct sunlight, as this will make it work harder and less efficiently. You'll also want to make sure that there's plenty of clearance around the unit so that air can flow freely.
The same goes for your heater/furnace and heating systems. You'll want to make sure that the furnace is located in a well-ventilated area so that toxic fumes don't build up and pose a danger to your family or tenants. You should also avoid putting the furnace in an area where there is a lot of dust or dirt, as this can clog up the system and reduce its efficiency.
Budget your Expectations: It's important to have a realistic budget for your HVAC installation. If you don’t think about this ahead of time you will end up with a contractor-grade HVAC system. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just means an air conditioning and heating unit that’s not typically top-of-the-line or the most energy-efficient HVAC system that’s available. The long-term benefits of a more efficient, top-of-the-line system are well worth it. Which is a great transition to the next point…
Experience Matters: Hiring an experienced HVAC company is crucial for accurate planning, budget, system selection, correct installation, and keeping your build schedule. An experienced heating and air conditioning company will help guide you through these first few needs before you even break ground. This is accomplished with an extremely detailed calculation process.
While most of the heating and air conditioning companies still use a square footage divider method, which almost always gets you an oversized system, the most accurate method to get the correct specification needs of a build is with Manual J Load Calculations. This takes into account everything you could possibly think of for the calculations; direction, location, wall thickness, window location, room layout, door materials, and floors, just to name a few. So you get an HVAC system sized perfectly for your build enabling you to get a more top-of-the-line system with higher efficiency.
At SS&B, we only use Manual J Calculations to estimate specification needs because it’s what’s best for our clients. SS&B HVAC systems are installed with no shortcuts by experienced technicians. Our team also receives annual continued education to ensure we are at the forefront of the latest heating and air conditioning technology along with all industry-standard changes. Combine that with the size of our team and we keep the heating and air conditioning installed on time and on budget.
Check References: At the end of the day, after you've narrowed down your list of potential HVAC contractors, check references. This step is essential in order to ensure that you're working with a reputable and reliable company that can back up what they say.
Installing an HVAC system in new construction can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. By following the tips outlined in this blog post, you can be sure that your HVAC system will be installed properly and will meet all of your needs. If you have any questions about new construction HVAC installation or would like an estimate and help, please don't hesitate to contact us today. We're here to help!