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Common HVAC installation mistakes and how to avoid them

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An HVAC system will make your home or office a comforting environment to be in, no matter what the season is outside. In case you’re planning to upgrade your environment with a new HVAC system, it’s a decision that will improve the daily life experience for all those who stay or work with you. However, when it comes to HVAC installation, there are common HVAC installation mistakes that inexperienced installers or DIY enthusiasts tend to make, which could lead to issues such as poor energy efficiency, inadequate cooling or heating, frequent breakdowns and costly repairs. In this blog post, we will explore some of these common mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them, so you can enjoy the comfort and efficiency of a well-installed HVAC system.

1.Improper sizing of the HVAC system

One of the most crucial aspects of air conditioning installation is selecting a system of the right size for your space. Oversized systems tend to cycle on and off frequently, leading to increased energy consumption and reduced comfort, while undersized systems may struggle to maintain the desired temperature, leading to continuous operation and higher energy bills.

How to Avoid: 

Conduct a load calculation of your space, taking into consideration factors such as square footage, insulation levels, number of windows and doors, and climate conditions. It is best to rely on qualified HVAC contractors who can accurately determine the right size of the system based on industry standards and guidelines.

2. Poor placement of the HVAC equipment

The location of the air conditioning unit or heat pump, air handler and ductwork can significantly impact the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. For example, placing the outdoor unit in direct sunlight or near a heat source can reduce its efficiency and lifespan, while placing the indoor unit in an area with restricted airflow can lead to poor cooling or heating distribution.

How to Avoid:

Work with an experienced HVAC installer who can assess the layout of your residential or commercial space and recommend the best location for each component of the system. Proper placement of the equipment, along with adequate clearance for maintenance and repairs, will help ensure optimal performance and longevity of your HVAC system. 

3.Inadequate sealing of ductwork

Ductwork installation is often overlooked or not given enough attention which then leads to mistakes such as improperly sealed joints, loose connections, and inadequate insulation. Leaky or poorly sealed ducts often results in air loss, reduced energy efficiency, and compromised indoor air quality, particularly if you have a central air conditioner.

How to Avoid:

Hire a professional HVAC installer who can be relied upon to use industry-standard practices; for example, the installer would use mastic sealant or metal tape to seal duct joints and ensure tight connections to prevent heat gain or loss. Having a properly sealed and insulated ductwork will ensure the efficiency and performance of your HVAC air conditioning  system, which in turn will save you money in terms of energy usage and system repairs.

4. Neglecting air flow considerations

Proper airflow is essential for your HVAC system’s performance and if restricted or blocked, could result in reduced system efficiency, uneven temperature distribution, and increased wear and tear of components. Common airflow mistakes when installing an hvac system include using incorrect duct sizes, improper placement of supply and return registers, and neglecting to clean or balance the air ducts.

How to Avoid:

Maintain a well-balanced airflow in your HVAC system by ensuring proper ducting, optimal placement of critical components and routine cleaning and maintenance of vulnerable system parts. With a smooth and unobstructed airflow, your HVAC system will operate at its optimal capacity, while using minimal energy.

Want to install an HVAC system in your home the professional way? Call Boyle Energy.

We are Boyle Energy, a leading HVAC company in Philadelphia with over 85 years of experience in delivering high-quality services to communities in and around Havertown, Pa. If you’re planning a HVAC installation for your home or office anytime soon, call us at 610 595 4717 or 215 709 9196 to schedule a consultation with our experts. Rest assured, we’ll install your HVAC system in the right way to ensure you experience maximal comfort and efficiency with your investment.

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