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Understanding Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Understanding Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

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October 4, 2006

When you begin a remodeling project, it's easy to get excited about new carpet, new tile, new furniture and the like. It's not as easy, though, to get excited about a new HVAC system. It may not be glamorous or beautiful but the HVAC system is an integral part of the air quality and overall comfort of your home and should be included in your remodeling plans.

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning. An improperly designed or installed HVAC system can lead to a home that is too cold, too hot or lacking fresh air. As part of a remodeling project, updating the HVAC system does cost extra money but it is well worth it to improve the overall quality of your home.

When you first begin planning your remodel, evaluate the current HVAC system. Does it heat and cool the home adequately? Is it energy efficient? Now factor in changes you plan to make, whether it's adding more square footage, tearing down walls or revamping existing space. Will the existing system be able to handle the demands of the newly remodelled space? If not, it's time to call in a professional.

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HVAC professionals are specially trained to ensure that your home HVAC system is up to code and working properly. He or she will check out your existing system and make recommendations as needed for updates and changes to accommodate your remodelled space. It is not unusual to find out that you need a higher capacity furnace or heat pump or that your ductwork needs to be updated and made airtight.

There is also a big element of safety involved in HVAC systems. For example, an energy efficient home that is not properly ventilated can build up dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and/or radon gas. As far as comfort is concerned, poor HVAC performance creates warm spots, cold spots, drafty spots and the like. This makes it far less comfortable in your home.

Remodeling is an excellent opportunity to make changes to your home, but make sure your budget allows for infrastructure improvements such as HVAC in addition to cosmetic improvements such as carpet and furniture.

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