Proper installation of your new HVAC system will help to ensure long and trouble-free operation along with the home comfort you would expect. Here are five common areas of concern stemming from improper HVAC installation.
Sizing: A professional needs to assess your home to help determine what size system will work best for your needs. When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger is not necessarily better. Oversized equipment increases energy use, has more frequent maintenance problems, can cause elevated indoor humidity levels, and will not evenly heat and cool your home.
Refrigerant charge: Air conditioning units are designed to operate correctly with a predetermined charge of refrigerant gas. Under perfect operating conditions, air conditioners would never require recharging, but leaks do sometimes develop which deplete refrigerant charges. HVAC systems suffering from improper refrigerant charge can cause problems that range from reduced operating efficiency to system freeze-up and even possible compressor damage, which can be very expensive to fix.
Ductwork: Leaks in the return ducts often bring in unfiltered and unconditioned air from attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Homes typically lose around 35% of the system’s cooling capacity from duct leakage and thermal losses due to poorly insulated ducts. Proper sealing and insulation will cut those losses in half.
Airflow: Poor airflow results in an increase in operating costs and shorter equipment life. Inadequate airflow results in an inability to properly control your comfort, as well as poor indoor air quality.
Duct sizing: Properly sized supply ducts are only half the battle. Many airflow problems are caused by improperly sized return air grilles which can severely restrict intake air into the system, reducing capacity and shortening the operation life of the system. If you’re considering replacing your system, make sure your contractor addresses this important component.
Professional HVAC installation can help ensure your comfort in your home and keep equipment running longer and more efficiently, extending the lifespan of your air conditioning and heating system. If you need an honest air conditioning contractor who doesn’t cut corners and takes pride in their work, call Ken’s Heating & Air. Even better, we offer FREE ESTIMATES on new system installations. Don’t delay – call 830-693-5152 today!