It’s understandable to keep costs low when renovating your home or business facility. There are certain aspects of construction and building repair that can be fully performed in-house without taking much of a risk. It can be tempting to choose an installer who can do the job for a really low price, even if the details are a little skimpy. We get it — money is tight.
Your HVAC system, however, is one part of your building you should leave to a qualified professional with demonstrated expertise in their field who will take the time to thoroughly outfit your building with quality equipment and expert craftsmanship. We’ve seen a lot of well-intentioned home and business owners make HVAC installation mistakes that have ended up costing them money and time and put them at risk for injury. Let’s take a look at some of the top HVAC installation errors and how you can avoid HVAC installation mistakes in your home or business.
The Most Common HVAC Installation Errors:
Here are some of the most typical installation mistakes people make when assembling their HVAC system:
If gaps in your HVAC ducts haven’t been properly addressed, or if flimsy material is used to seal them off, chances are your system is leaking air. This can decrease efficiency, requiring your furnace or compressor to work harder, which draws more energy, needlessly raises your utility bills and puts a strain on natural resources.
A poorly laid out HVAC system design can lead to inefficient air flow, causing similar issues to that of leaky ductwork. Additionally, a poorly chosen furnace or compressor — one with an output capacity that is not well matched to your building’s particular needs — can cause a lot of headaches and high repair bills. Have your contractor sit down with you to talk through their system plan for your home or business, and be sure to ask any questions about things you’re unsure of.
Carbon monoxide is a deadly byproduct of your HVAC system. If your vent components are not adequately directing it out of your home or business facility, you, your family, your staff and your clients’ lives are at risk. Make sure your building is equipped with functioning carbon monoxide detectors, and pay close attention to any warning signs they may give off. Additionally, be sure to talk with your HVAC contractor to make sure the equipment they are using in your vents is sourced from a reputable manufacturer and fits the correct specifications.
In addition to requiring a method to disperse toxic gases, your HVAC system also needs a place to eject excess water. Standing water raises the risk of mold growth, foundational damage and frozen pipes. You’ll want to make sure your contractor has a plan for how to effectively drain fluids from your furnace and air conditioning compressor so as to prevent damage and health issues.
Bruni & Campisi: Your HVAC Installation Experts
If you’re a home or business owner in the Westchester County, NY, Stamford, CT or Greenwich, CT areas in need of professional HVAC installation, contact us here at Bruni & Campisi for a free estimate. We know how to install HVAC correctly — our team has provided dedicated service to the area for nearly 40 years. We will be happy to work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for your HVAC system that ensures efficiency, safety and durability, uses the finest products and employs skilled trade technicians to conduct the work.