How to Make Sure You Are Getting A Quality HVAC Installation
By Jill Dretzka
Many homeowners don’t realize this, but the most important factor into your new HVAC installation isn’t the brand, but it is WHO installs your system. We are going to talk today about quality installation. The right contractor can install a system that when installed properly can significantly reduce your bills.
ENERGY STAR has come up with their Quality Installation Guidelines. These are based on the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) HVAC quality installation specification. They created these “best practices” to help ensure that every system is installed properly however some contractors do what’s best for them instead of what’s best for you. It is important to make sure you are working with a quality contractor and a quality installation team.
The top 4 best practices that are outlined in the guidelines are :
- Correctly sized to meet your home’s needs
- Connect to a well-sealed duct system
- Operate with sufficient airflow in the system
- Install with the proper amount of refrigerant
The quality of your installation is so important because estimated savings with a quality installation is 18% to 36% for air conditioners and heat pumps and 11% to 18% for furnaces.
Let’s dive deeper into 4 best practices for a quality HVAC installation :
Proper Sizing of Equipment
Installing the right size equipment for your home is essential to getting the best performance for your heating and cooling equipment and maintaining the comfort you deserve. Oversized equipment may cycle on and off more frequently, which can make the home less comfortable and shorten the equipment life.
Ducts circulate air from the furnace, central air conditioner or heat pump throughout the house. Often ducts have damage or poor connections that leak the hot or cold air and waste a lot of energy. Sealing ducts can greatly improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
Optimizing Air Flow
To operate well, a heating or cooling system needs to have the proper volume of air flow, If air flow is too high or too low, it may make the home less comfortable and increase your home or business utility bills. The right contractor can install a system that when installed properly can significantly reduce your bills. The quality of your installation is so important because estimated savings with a quality installation is 18% to 36% for air conditioners and heat pumps and 11% to 18% for furnaces.
Proper Refrigerant Charge (Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Only)
It is important for an air conditioner or heat pump to have the correct amount of refrigerant, or correct refrigerant charge. An improperly charged system may consume more energy and provide less dehumidification.