Avoid These Top 3 HVAC Installation Errors
Trust General Heating & Air Conditioning with your HVAC install and avoid 3 efficiency-killing errors.
According to research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, many homeowners may not be getting the best possible performance from their top of the line, supposedly energy-efficient HVAC equipment due to poor installation. In fact, common HVAC installation errors can increase heating and cooling costs by about 30 percent. Fortunately, by turning to a highly skilled, detail-oriented HVAC contractor like General Heating & Air Conditioning when you need new HVAC equipment, you can reduce your risk of experiencing the following top 3 energy efficiency ruining errors.
Selecting the Wrong Equipment
Installation errors can actually begin before you even purchase your new heater or air conditioner. After all, if you purchase the wrong size unit, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. The installation cannot be successful when the wrong equipment is involved.
Buying a unit that is too large or too small will result in the unit either turning on and off too frequently or running constantly. Either way, it will be using more energy than it should, and you will not achieve the manufacturer’s promised energy efficiency.
In order to make sure you get the right size unit for your property, it is important to consult with an experienced HVAC technician. There is more to consider than just the size of the rooms, and your HVAC technician will make sure all factors are considered.
Leaving Duct Leaks
Research has shown that leaving duct leaks behind are a dominant fault in poor HVAC installations. They result in the worst losses to efficiency, particularly when the leaks are in an unconditioned attic space. As conditioned air is lost to the leak, homeowners have to use more energy to achieve the desired level of comfort. When outside air is hot and humid, the problem is compounded because when humidity increases, air feels even warmer than it really is and more energy will be consumed to counterbalance this effect.
Failing to Test and Adjust Airflow
One final HVAC installation error is failing to achieve proper airflow after installation. This can result in uneven or inadequate heating and cooling, which will again cause homeowners to adjust the thermostat in a way that consumes more energy. The system itself may also be consuming more energy during normal operation if there is too much resistance to airflow.
Maintenance Also Required
Don’t forget, while getting expert installation is an important first step towards achieving maximum HVAC efficiency, your heater and air conditioner also need regular professional maintenance in order to maintain a high standard of excellence. Fortunately, you can rely on one company for both services—just call General Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more.