HVAC Installation ChecklistPublished on: February 7, 2013
If you are having a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system put into your home, you want the job to be done right. So much of the comfort of your home depends on your heating and air, and you don’t want to deal with problems after your installation. To ensure that your installation has gone smoothly and that your new system will continue to work properly, you should put together an HVAC installation checklist. Here are some of the items that you should include in your own HVAC installation checklist.
Is Your Heating and Cooling Load Met and Balanced?
One of the most important factors regarding proper HVAC installation is selecting the right equipment. While energy efficiency and features are important, it is essential your equipment meets your home’s heating and cooling load. The heating and cooling load of your home is the amount of energy required to keep your house comfortable. Factors that affect your load are where you live, the size and type of your home and how well sealed and insulated it is.
Your HVAC contractor will go over your options with you, ensuring that you only select systems that match your home’s load requirements. If you do not have a powerful enough system installed, you will constantly run into problems keeping your home cool or warm enough. Running your HVAC system all of the time will drive up your power bills and reduce the lifespan of your equipment.
Once your equipment has been installed, you will want to ensure that your system has been load balanced. If your vents are not adjusted properly, the majority of the heated and cooled air from your system will blow out of the vents at the beginning of the duct line. When this occurs, areas of your home will have problems staying cool or warm enough. However, this issue can be avoided by having your technician ensure that your vents are adjusted to keep air flowing evenly throughout your home.
Owners Manual And Warranty Information
When you have a new HVAC system installed, you will get a mechanical warranty from the manufacturer. This will cover any breakdowns that occur during regular use. You should also get a labor warranty from your installation contractor. This will cover any issues associated with the actual installation of your new system. For example, if a technician did not connect your new unit correctly, a labor warranty would cover the repairs. You should also have your technician explain to you what is covered by your warranties and who covers what. If you do end up needing HVAC repair, you do not want to have to go back and forth between your contractor and the manufacturer.
Your technician will also leave you an owner’s manual for your new system. Installers will explain how to use your system as well. They will point out popular features and how to make normal adjustments to your system. Knowing how your equipment operates will ensure that you get the most out of your new heating and cooling system. Understanding which settings to change can help prevent return visits or problems using your heater or AC.
Are Your New Systems Energy Efficient?
HVAC systems usually last between 10 to 20 years, and owning a system that is not energy efficient will end up being quite expensive. It is often tempting to select a less efficient system because they are less expensive. However, you will end up paying more for a lower efficiency system in the long run due to the increase in your energy usage.
You should always consult with your installation contractor for advice in determining which system is best for your individual needs. It is wise to choose the most energy efficient equipment that your budget will allow. This will provide energy savings and promote better air quality and comfort.
There are several add-ons that you may consider with your new HVAC system that will make it more efficient as well. These include products like HVAC zoning systems, which more efficiently control the airflow throughout your home. Programmable thermostats have also become very popular because they allow you to choose different temperature settings for when you are not at home.