Ensuring You Are Installing the Right System
Do you have an older system in your home? Is time for a replacement? Is it not heating your house to your comfort needs? It takes an expert to pick the right system for your home. Installing a system that isn’t the correct size is a common mistake, but is critical to providing comfort, efficiency, and low operating cost over the life of a system.
The most common mistakes is oversizing a system. While this mistake costs more initially to install, it also increases the maintenance cost, and doesn’t typically run long enough to dehumidify a home which causes the muggy feeling and unhealthy mold growth within a home.
Considering the old era of home building, when regulations weren’t in place, furnaces and air conditioners were being installed that had two to four times the necessary capacity. Now, considering people have replaced windows and caulking, weather stripping and insulation in their homes to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, picking a smaller system may be the way to go. These actions will reduce energy consumption and maintenance cost throughout the life of the system.
Correctly sizing a system takes many factors to consider. Rather than going with the “rule-of-thumb” approach, it’s important to take in all the factors for your specific home when choosing a system installation. Factors that are included in the calculations are the local climate, size, shape and orientation of the home, insulation type and levels, window size, orientation and type, air infiltration rates, number of occupants in the home, comfort preferences, major home appliances and efficiencies of lights.
To ensure the right system is being installed in home, the contractor should be considering all these factors. It is their responsibility. At Southern Pride Service our highly trained technicians use load calculation programs that take all the factors possible into consideration when building our customers projects and we recommend using a contractor that does so for you with your projects as well.