New Construction and Your Home
It’s really not as simple as most general contractors and even a lot of HVAC contractors would leave you to believe.
This is a major decision and you'll probably want to do a little research on your own. The Internet is a great place to start and there’s a lot of good information out there. Unfortunately, there’s probably as much incorrect and just plain bad information out there as there is accurate and correct. A few of the sites we will recommend later on this page are industry leading training and education sites and several are government sites all of which can be trusted.
To begin with, you’ll need to decide what you want to accomplish. You’re probably thinking; I want heating & cooling, what else is there?
Well, there’s actually a lot to consider!
Do you want your new system to just work? Or do you want it to work as efficiently as possible? OK, so you do actually want it to work as efficiently as possible?
This requires your HVAC contractor to actually do a lot more than just stick a heating and cooling system in your new house and hope it works well enough to get them through the first year warranty.
He or she will need to do an accurate assessment of the home based on a complete and accurate set of plans. The information is entered into a load calculating program which assesses the individual requirements for each room in your home.
Once the load calculation is finished a complete duct system must be designed that will actually fit in the house, be quiet when operating and aesthetically pleasing.
You’ll want to talk to your HVAC contractor and not just leave the choices to your builder. While your builder is there to assist you along the way, there are decisions only you can make regarding the comfort level you’re willing to accept in your new home.
The installation of heating and cooling systems are more complex than it appears. Sure, there are plenty of low price heating contractors around, but do you really want the cheapest job you or your builder can arrange for in your new home?
Did you wake up this morning in the cheapest bed you could buy? Did you put on the cheapest clothes you could buy? Did you drive to work in the least expensive car you could buy?
Probably not; we all want a good deal and to make sure we’re spending our money wisely and getting the best value for it. Skimping on one of the most important systems in your new home really doesn’t make sense, because you’ll have to live with the decision for many, many years.
Your HVAC contractor will need trained and certified installers that can properly install your new equipment and duct system.
It will also require trained and certified technicians to be able to properly start, adjust and document the proper performance and maximum efficiency of your new system.
Just like a new car you’ll need to maintain your new system based on the manufacturer’s specifications to keep the warranty intact.
Do you want your new system to keep you comfortable in all the rooms of your home or just some of them?
Do you want to breathe really clean air or just the unfiltered air that’s available? Did you know the US Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the air inside most homes is actually dirtier than the air outside?
Do you want a sheet metal duct system or one made of duct board? OK, now you’re probably wondering what exactly is duct board?
The above are just a few of the decisions you need to make to get the right system for your new home. We’re here to help you with the decisions and get you the information you need to make an educated decision and get the most value for your money.
Give us a call today at (252) 441-1740 or use the contact form at the top right of the page and we’ll be glad to help you with your project.
For more information:
A really good place to start your research would be the National Comfort Institute. They train and certify installation and service technicians on proper airflow. Their website is: www.certaincomfort.org.
Another great place is the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. They design the load calculation and duct design manuals we use to design the system for your home. Their website is: www.acca.org.
The Building Performance Institute certifies energy evaluation specialists primarily for existing homes but a vast amount of information is available that will help in designing your new home. Their website is: www.bpi.org.
The government offers a ton of information for new homes on their energy star site. The address is: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_homes.hm_index.