When you purchase new HVAC equipment, how it’s installed directly affects all aspects of its operation, including its energy efficiency, ability to keep your home comfortable, reliability and longevity. To get the full benefit from a new equipment investment, make sure you avoid these five costly HVAC installation mistakes:
Picking Your Installer Based on the Lowest Bid
If you choose an HVAC installer based on price alone, you can end up paying higher energy and repairs bills, or face the expense of replacing the equipment when it fails prematurely. Contractors who underbid are less likely to spend the time necessary to properly size your equipment, and they may take cost-saving shortcuts during its installation.
Not Assessing the Home’s Overall Efficiency
An experienced HVAC installer will advise you to have your home’s efficiency assessed with an energy audit before investing in new equipment, so you can enjoy maximum comfort and energy savings. An audit can tell you where air sealing and insulating is needed to make your home as efficient as possible.
Sizing Equipment Capacity Incorrectly
If your contractor uses a “rule of thumb” to make a guesstimate on the right equipment capacity for your home, you can be in for long-term HVAC problems. When under- or over-sized equipment is installed, it won’t operate efficiently, it may not adequately heat or cool your home, and it’s more likely to wear out prematurely.
Ignoring Good Air Distribution Design
The system of ducts that distributes conditioned air produced by your HVAC equipment has a big impact on its performance. A good installer will make sure the ductwork is designed and sized correctly, so that airflow is balanced and meets the specifications of your equipment manufacturer.
Neglecting to Seal and Insulate Ductwork
A skilled installer knows that leaky, uninsulated ducts can rob you of 20 to 30 percent of your HVAC equipment’s output. To limit these losses, they’ll seal the ducts with mastic or metal-backed tape, and install an R-6 insulation wrap on all accessible runs.
If you’re in need of expert HVAC installation services in Monmouth County, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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