Home Improvement: How it can Affect Your HVAC

If you’ve been thinking about remodeling or adding an addition to your home, you should know a few things. Home improvement/additions can be a large task to take on, but have you considered how they might affect your HVAC system? We’re guessing probably not and that’s okay…we’re here to help! Here are some things to consider before you remodel or add an addition to your home. 

Consider Your HVAC Capacity 

If you decide to add additional square footage to your home, you have to consider whether your HVAC is capable of cooling/heating this space. HVAC’s are rated to cool a certain amount of space efficiently, which means adding space may affect how effectively your HVAC works. If your unit is too small then it will have to work overtime to try and keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This means you may find yourself to be less comfortable on a day-to-day basis. On the other end, if your unit is too big then you may be wasting energy. Systems that are too large will start and stop frequently creating energy spikes (energy spikes = higher bill). You should consider your HVAC’s capacity when remodeling by changing the configuration of a room or adding square footage. 

Does Your HVAC Need an Upgrade

Typically when you’re upgrading your home by adding/remodeling it means that the house is likely a couple of decades old. If the home is that old then there’s a good chance that the HVAC system is too. You may want to consider upgrading your HVAC during the course of your remodel. Upgrading your HVAC can be beneficial for several reasons including; working more efficiently, fitting the space better, and requiring fewer repairs. If you believe your HVAC may be in need of an upgrade call A/C Masters. 

Additional Equipment 

This point is similar to gauging the capacity capabilities of your HVAC unit. If you find yourself adding a lot of square footage (i.e. a second floor, additional bedroom, attic space, etc.) then you may want to consider your need for additional equipment. Additions like adding a floor may require a second separate HVAC unit. As you go through the plans for your remodel you should consider whether you’ll need another unit or additional equipment for the first unit. These considerations will help ensure that you’re comfortable after the remodel. 

Be Mindful of Your HVAC

During your remodel it’s important to be mindful of your HVAC system and other important systems in your home. While this may seem obvious it’s always good to have a reminder! Be sure that your contractors are experienced and certified. You should work to keep the original ductwork, plumbing, etc. as it was before the remodel. Your HVAC will work best if you try to avoid moving and removing as much of the original system as possible. If you’re concerned about your HVAC through the process, call A/C Masters. We’ll be able to ensure that everything looks okay and is adjusted correctly if necessary. 

Home remodels and additions can be large tasks. It’s important to consider how they’ll affect your HVAC system and what you can do to ensure maximum comfort at the completion of your project. If you have questions regarding your HVAC system then give our experts a call! A/C Masters would be happy to come out and help during your home improvement. Call (757) 898-2894!

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