Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Heating and air conditioning systems work as a part of “heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems,” also known as HVAC. A properly installed AC system will allow for homes to be cooled properly in warmer months and will also have a good heating system for the cold winter months. The installation of the air conditioning units requires a bit of knowledge about how HVAC works and the size of the unit that you will need to ensure the right energy capacity for your home. Often times, it's better for you to use a professional service to install ductwork above your home. This will help the efficiency of your system. Here are some tips and hints for installing air conditioning in your own household.
One of the main problems that people tend to have is being able to pick out the right sized unit for their home. You will need to figure out how many BTUs your home needs. The HVAC system should be able to handle the right amount of BTUs to help keep your home cool without having to go overboard and waste energy while trying to cool off the space. A variety of factors will contribute to the BTUs measurement. These include air quality, size of your home, climate, and the design of your house. You should compare some of the different heating and cooling systems based on the BTU measurements that you discover.
Having ductwork is just as important as the air conditioning system itself. The ductwork is essentially the main air supply tank. It is generally square and larger than the size of the independent supply that runs off of the main trunk, which allows a certain amount of air to be accommodated and pushed through. This also allows the duct static pressure to be kept under control in two inches of the water column. Diverters will allow the supply ducts to be manually controlled, which will allow more or less air flow to areas based on what your personal needs are. Duct sizing shouldn’t be a DIY project; you should invest in a professional service to handle this aspect of the installation.
Sealing the air leaks in your home is also going to be a great concern when you install your HVAC system. All of the joints will need to be taped up with duct tape. You will use the tape to push air bubbles and ensure that it is sticking to the correct area on the unit. You should also apply duct mastic around the supply plenum, because this is the area where air is most likely to leak. This will help you with the air flow control and also ensure that the ductwork is allowing the air to travel correctly.
If you have any questions about the installation of your HVAC, you should contact the servicer for your unit or a local professional service. They will be able to troubleshoot any issues that you may be experiencing and answer your questions with information that is more personally based on your circumstances.