Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It’s a major component for almost every home, which provides a constant comfortable temperature indoors. HVAC work should only be done by a professional to ensure installation is done properly and safely.
In choosing any type of HVAC system, finding one that is size-appropriate is important to achieving the best efficiency and comfort level. Choosing the appropriate tonnage for your square footage is often one of the more difficult tasks of a contractor. If a heating system is too big or too little for a home or business, it can result in an inefficient system costing more money in the long run. An under-sized air conditioner will not efficiently dehumidify the air. An over-sized furnace can cause large temperature swings.
A common mistake made by homeowners is replacing an older unit with a newer one of the same capacity. This isn’t always a good strategy since older homes, for example, often had larger than necessary furnaces. An older home that has undergone remodeling with new windows, weather-stripping, and insulation will be more energy-efficient. Any home remodel may require new ventilation ducting. All of these factors must be considered when replacing an HVAC unit.
A knowledgeable contractor will follow procedures set forth by trade organizations such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) in regards to the appropriate sizing, installation, ducting, and maintenance of your HVAC system.