Before constructing your new home or adding an addition layout, proper planning of your HVAC system will save you time and money. By learning the basics and discussing the details with an HVAC professional whom you trust, you will be able to improve the lives of all household members for many years to come.
Planning for an efficient HVAC system should start at the very beginning of your construction design phase, as a home that incorporates excellent insulation, quality windows and doors, proper ventilation, etc. All these steps can help reduce the load on the HVAC system, which will eventually be installed to keep your new home comfortable all year.
Once you have designed your home to be as energy efficient as possible, the next step is to select a HVAC system type, such as a standard heat pump, a duel-fuel system, a split system furnace and air conditioner, or an efficient geothermal HVAC system.
With the ability to heat efficiently and cool your home year round in nearly any location, geothermal systems are becoming the HVAC system of choice when the upfront costs of installation are affordable; paybacks begin immediately with significant energy savings and occasional federal and/or state tax credits. Ultimately, however, discussing your unique situation with an HVAC professional is the best way to ensure you are selecting the system which best meets your needs.
Sizing of the mechanical components and ductwork of your HVAC system comes next when planning for the installation of your system. An oversized HVAC unit will cycle on and off too frequently, reducing the comfort and energy efficiency within your home, while an undersized unit will not be able to keep up with heating and cooling demands throughout the year. Proper installation of your ductwork is also essential for efficient air distribution, as excessive bends, kinks or any leaks can significantly reduce energy efficiency.
If you live in the Northwest Arkansas area and would like to discuss HVAC system options before constructing your new home, the professionals at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal would love to assist you; we have been serving homeowners since 1968!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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