To avoid future issues and expenses, it is important that your HVAC system is installed correctly. We have prepared a helpful guide of things to watch out for, including a careless contractor.
What are some common HVAC installation mistakes?
1. Don’t choose the wrong contractor.
The most important thing you can do when installing an HVAC system is to find a great contractor. An inexperienced or lazy contractor can make a great deal of mistakes, costing you both time and money. Take the time to find an honest, reputable technician to successfully install your HVAC system.
2. Avoid installing an incorrectly sized system.
An inexperienced contractor will often install an HVAC system that is either too small or too large for the house in question. A small furnace will result in poor air distribution and an overworked system, while a large furnace will constantly turn on and off. Both will increase your utility bill.
3. Make sure you have properly designed air distribution.
One of the HVAC system’s functions is to distribute heating and cooling evenly throughout the home. If there is a flaw in the distribution design, then the air being circulated is uneven. This results in some rooms being too hot and some being too cold.
4. Don’t waste energy due to faulty ductwork.
Cheap ductwork and poor workmanship leads to future leaks, drafts, and expenses. Your contractor should install ductwork with care.
5. Watch out for an ill-functioning exhaust system.
A proper exhaust system is important for your safety and health. Furnaces produce carbon monoxide, which needs to be vented away from the building. An exhaust that is sized incorrectly or installed poorly can cause a backup.
6. Ensure you have a fully functional drainage system.
Air conditioners produce waste water that must be drained safely. Improper installation leads to water leaks and frozen pipes.
How do these mistakes cost you money?
HVAC installation mistakes can cause you several problems.
- Shortened HVAC lifespan:
A system that functions incorrectly is one that functions poorly. Careless mistakes will decrease the lifespan of your HVAC system, resulting in expensive replacement costs.
- Lower efficiency:
Installation mistakes can cause your HVAC system to waste energy, lowering efficiency.
- Decrease in home comfort:
HVAC installation errors result in uneven heating and cooling, allergens, and poor indoor air quality. All of these things lower the level of comfort in your home.