There are certain things about one’s home that are just too technical. Because of their nature, it is often best to consult the experts. An example of a technical system in your home is the heating, ventilation and an air conditioning (HVAC) system. When it comes to installation, repairs, and maintenance issues, an HVAC technician is your best bet for a hassle-free solution.
However, even the experts commit blunders at times. These mistakes may impair the performance and efficiency of your HVAC systems and cause you greater problems in the long run. Here are some of the most common mistakes made by HVAC contractors.
1. Disregarding Overall Home Performance
On a daily basis, HVAC contractors go and inspect various residences. Even when they see poor quality of insulation and air sealing in attics, basements, and other spaces, they seldom point it out to the homeowners. A good HVAC contractor will provide solutions that will give energy savings and comfort to his clients. When your contractor is only interested in selling new heater or air conditioner, it is time to look for a more reliable one. A working heater and air conditioner are not the only factors in achieving an energy-efficient system. Of all people, your contractor must know the importance of considering the overall performance of the system.
2. Ignoring Poor Air Flow Design
Most contractors focus only on the furnace or air conditioner and take the duct system for granted. Even when they install new heating or cooling equipment, they do not replace the existing duct system. This practice displays laziness since an experienced contractor would know that the design of the duct system must work well with the equipment and the space. For instance, the size of the duct must complement the output capacity of the equipment. Moreover, old ductworks might have leak problems, which will only persist when not replaced.
3. Forgetting About Ventilation
HVAC contractors typically ignore indoor air quality. This mistake causes ventilation issues particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. Growth of mold and mildew is just one of the problems due to inadequate ventilation. A worse problem is the accumulation of carbon monoxide (CO) inside your home. Your furnace and other appliances release toxic gases including carbon monoxide that must be vented outside. Ignoring or committing a mistake in the ventilation system can be fatal as inhaling CO can worsen heart conditions, cause nausea and even death. A seasoned contractor will know that the solution is as simple as installing an exhaust system and measuring the airflow in ventilation systems.
Now that you know the common mistakes made by HVAC contractors, you can easily spot an unreliable contractor and save yourself from future trouble. Just remember, you do not want a contractor who takes shortcuts and uses inferior materials. Also remember to check their qualifications and ask for references before hiring them.
Written by APM Construction Services, a construction and home maintenance company that is the best choice for heating and cooling in Columbia, MO.