Constructing a new home is an exciting venture, giving homeowners and contractors the chance to customize their living space creation down to the smallest details.
And one of the most critical components of any new home is its HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system.
With the right choices, your HVAC system can offer comfortable living for years to come.
With that being said, we decided to put together a quick, yet comprehensive guide to help you identify the top things to keep in mind.
Let’s dive in and ‘talk shop’ about HVAC new construction installation.
1. Matching the Size of the Unit to the Size of the Home
It’s crucial to ensure that the HVAC system you choose aligns with the size of your home.
An undersized unit might not provide sufficient cooling or heating, while an oversized unit can cycle on and off too frequently, wasting energy and wearing out components.
Properly sizing your system maximizes efficiency and comfort.
Quick Bonus Tip: Using load calculation, which factors in the home’s square footage, insulation levels, and other pertinent information, can help accurately determine the right HVAC size.
2. Choosing Energy-Efficient Products
Modern HVAC systems offer a variety of energy-efficient models.
Investing in units with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating can save homeowners a significant amount in energy costs over the unit’s lifespan.
These products might have a higher upfront cost but provide long-term savings and reduce environmental impact.
Quick Bonus Tip: Look for the ENERGY STAR label. Products with this certification meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
3. Optimal Placement Inside/Outside the Home
The location of your HVAC units plays a pivotal role in their efficiency.
Outside units should be placed in a shaded area, but also need ample space around them for airflow.
Inside, ensure that vents aren’t obstructed by furniture or curtains. And thermostats should be placed away from direct sunlight or other heat sources.
Quick Bonus Tip: When planning placement, consider the sun’s path. North or east sides typically receive less direct sunlight, making them cooler spots for outdoor units.
4. Correctly Designing the Air Flow Parameters
Proper airflow design ensures that each room in your home receives consistent heating and cooling.
This involves considering factors such as the home’s layout, the number of windows, and insulation levels.
A well-designed system guarantees efficient operation and even temperature distribution.
Quick Bonus Tip: Regularly replacing or cleaning air filters will ensure optimal airflow and prevent dust and debris from clogging the system.
5. Ductwork: Cleanliness, Sealing, and Insulation
The ductwork is the unsung hero of your HVAC system.
It’s essential to ensure that ducts are clean, free of obstructions, and that there are no leaks.
(Learn more about duct cleaning in this guide.)
Leaky ducts can lose up to 30% of airflow. Insulating ducts, especially in unconditioned spaces like attics, can further improve efficiency and comfort.
Quick Bonus Tip: Consider annual duct inspections. Small issues, if caught early, can prevent costly problems and inefficiencies down the road.
Additional Pro Tip: Hiring the Right HVAC Company is Key!
All of these factors will be moot if you don’t partner with the right professionals.
In the Springfield, MO area, we here at F&S Master Air are serious about helping our neighbors with HVAC installation for new construction projects.
We also have a deep understanding of the region’s specific needs and challenges—which means that we have a pretty big advantage in making sure that your HVAC system is tailored to provide optimal comfort and efficiency for your new home.
We love the Ozarks. But in this temperamental hot/cold/rainy/dry climate, it pays to know how to make your HVAC system work as well as possible!
While the thrill of new construction may often lie in the design, decor, and finishes, don’t overlook the importance of a well-functioning HVAC system.
It’s the heart of your home’s comfort.
By keeping these considerations in mind and partnering with experts (like us here at F&S Master Air), homeowners can ensure they’re making the best long-term decisions for their new homes in the Ozarks.