What Are the Top HVAC Issues You Need to Remember When Building Your Own Home?

Among the many things to consider when building a new home, HVAC design is one of the most important. The choices you make about certain details will be evident every day as you enjoy the comfortable and healthy indoor environment you planned for. Conversely, if HVAC design doesn’t receive the consideration it deserves, you’ll be stuck with a system that may require costly modifications and upgrades to get it right. While the new home’s still in the planning stage, here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Route ductwork inside the conditioned zone. Installing HVAC ducts in unconditioned areas like the attic or crawl space exposes them to extreme temperatures that cause excessive heat loss and/or heat gain. Routing ducts through heated and cooled zones of the house eliminates this effect and supports improved HVAC performance and efficiency.
  • Insulate wall voids. Many existing homes lack insulation inside wall voids.  Unfortunately, adding wall insulation to an existing house can be a prohibitively expensive and disruptive project. Take advantage of the opportunity that building a new home presents to properly insulate exterior wall voids with fiberglass or cellulose while it’s still possible during construction.
  • Get a professional load calculation by an HVAC contractor before deciding on HVAC units. This ensures the BTU capacity of the cooling and heating system will be appropriate for the size and specific efficiency characteristics of the new house.
  • Consider high-efficiency HVAC. Since you’re building a home, you’ll probably own it long enough to enjoy the payback of high-efficiency air conditioning and heating. This refers to A/C units with SEER ratings above 13 and furnaces with AFUE of 90% or more. While the up-front cost is steeper than standard efficiency units, over time, these systems compensate with substantially lower monthly operating costs. High-efficiency units typically incorporate advanced components and features for superior cooling and heating performance too.

If you’re making decisions about HVAC design for a new home, Paitson Bros. is here with advice and professional expertise. Since 1922, we’ve kept the Wabash Valley comfortable and efficient during all seasons.

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