A retrofit job involves the installation of a new heating and cooling system into an existing house that has never had one. We've installed a lot of these types of systems in the last 24 years and are very good at it.

Retrofitting HVAC Outer Banks NC OBXThe first step is to meet with you (the owners) and determine exactly what your specific requirements are. Then we do a thorough inspection of your home, measuring each and every room and window. We determine how much insulation you have and whether it meets the DOE (Department of Energy) recommendations for our area. We will then input the information into our load calculation program to determine the exact size system you need and the amount of airflow required for each room.

But, that's just the beginning. There are quite a few things that you'll need to help us make a decision on; for example:

  • Do you require good air filtration to capture the dust, pollen and mold spores in the air to improve the indoor air quality for a family member with allergies?

  • Do you want an air conditioner with a propane furnace, an air source heat pump or maybe even a geothermal heat pump? Most owners in our area choose heat pumps due to their lower energy use and lower initial cost.

  • Do you want a standard efficiency system or a high efficiency system? A standard system is less expensive when it's installed but costs more to operate from the very first day.

  • Where will the indoor and outdoor equipment be located and how the refrigeration and condensate drain piping will be run?

  • What type of duct system do you want? Sheet metal or fiberglass duct board?

  • Where will the duct work and registers be located and where will the thermostat be placed?

A couple of important points to consider:

  • These are generally the most difficult types of air conditioning and heating system installations since we are usually working around your furniture and household items so extra care is required to protect your belongings which does add additional cost to the job.

  • There is no margin for mistakes on these jobs since we are usually installing the indoor section of equipment (either a furnace or an airhandler) in the attic along with an entire duct system and then cutting holes in the ceiling to mount the supply air registers and return air filter grilles.

  • Drop cloths and daily cleanup are always a part of these jobs and are one of the reasons for the added cost.

  • Make sure the heating and cooling contractor you choose is experienced in this type of work. For example a company with workers that do primarily new construction may not be the company you want to work around your family members and precious belongings.

  • Additionally, verify the heating contractor you're considering using is properly licensed and fully insured with both liability and worker's compensation insurance and get a copy of their insurance certification. If a worker damages your home or is hurt in your home and they have no insurance you and your insurance company will be picking up the bill and this would not be a very pleasant experience.