Many homeowners in Dallas, TX are not aware that their heating and cooling systems are no longer suited to their homes, particularly if they have undergone home remodeling or space expansion. Things can become a bit trickier since many of them do not understand how their HVAC systems work. So if you change the way your home looks, do not forget to include your HVAC system in the plan as well.
Here are seven HVAC tips to consider when redesigning your HVAC system at home:
- Place the mechanical room (heating system room) on the side of the house where your garage is situated. The room on your garage has the longest heat run that is why it is best to put your heating system close to it.
- Place your sump pump underneath a low-traffic location. Our experts recommend placing it under your electrical panel or your stairs.
- Consider the size of your home and the size of the system. If you have a second floor measuring more than 3,000 square feet, you might need to install a new heating and cooling system to properly heat or cool the entire space.
- Be sure to have proper sizing and direction of your ductwork. The bulkhead should measure 40 feet wide if you have a home under 1,800 square feet. But for bigger homes, it should be 48 to 56 feet wide.
- Place your mechanical room close to your outdoor side yard. Longer heating system and water tank venting like the ones placed in the middle of your home can become inconvenient to all occupants. If you consider removing and replacing it, be sure to upgrade to new equipment and place them close to your outdoor side yard.
- Be sure to have a proper sizing and direction of the mechanical wall. The mechanical wall on your main floor should be in opposite direction of your floor joists (the minimum measurement is 2×6).
- Take note that opening your web joists may increase the cost of installation. Opening them does not mean you can fit your main duct line inside the joists. It will only cost higher since you need to close their sides when the return air starts to run.
If you are not sure about how your HVAC system works and you need assistance in redesigning it, contact us at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating. We can help you make necessary adjustments and proper placement of your heating and cooling system. Set your appointment with us today!