Our sales staff is also trained to review plans on commercial or residential new construction designs and give you a bid that best fits the specifications required.
One of the items that is often overlooked during the planning and construction of a new building or home is the potential for an enhanced air conditioning (A/C) system. In many cases, the new owner is not aware of the various system options available beyond the system that comes standard with the building or home. Often contractor builders themselves are not educated on the potential value that an enhanced comfort A/C system can provide to a new homeowner. Many new developments today are being built with minimum standard A/C systems or systems that meet the minimum efficiency required to obtain energy credits or rebates. That does not mean that there is anything wrong with these systems, as a matter of fact, because of the increases in efficiency standards over the last several years even a basic system being installed today could be called high efficiency. But what has not changed and where value is being missed is in the area of increased comfort.
Some of the key contributors to reduced comfort are uneven cooling and/or heating (hot and cold spots), sound, and especially poor humidity control. All of these problems can be addressed in just about any new construction. However, the best and least expensive time to put in a great comfort system is during the construction phase. For example, during construction, it is easier and less expensive to install proper ducting and potentially a zoned system, which is a great way to ensure the right temperature where you want it without conditioning areas that don’t need it. In addition, a zoned system can save you money by reducing the load on the system.
Zoning in new construction developments works best with modulated capacity A/C systems. Modulating systems allow the A/C unit to adjust to the cooling or heating load called for from the whole area. Besides providing the appropriate cooling capacity, these systems allow for the control of humidity levels and tighter temperature control. The improvement of comfort from proper humidity control can be very dramatic and in some cases may even have health benefits. In addition, modulated systems, especially with good ductwork, are quieter overall both inside the building or home and at the outdoor unit.
In general, there is an increased upfront cost for these types of systems. However, there is also the added value in terms of added comfort and in most cases lower monthly energy bills. In addition, there are rebates and incentives that vary by location and a very good tax credit that applies to geothermal heat pump systems. A geothermal heat pump is simply a high-efficiency unit that transfers the heat underground instead of to the outside air. The tax credit on these units is 30% of the cost with no upper limit, including installation costs. On the construction of a new home, this could include the ductwork and any added zoning for very substantial savings. Of course, every situation is different making it important to do some research on what is available in your area and consult with a tax advisor as appropriate.
Most homeowners thoroughly research efficiencies and options before purchasing a new HVAC system. The build quality of the unit is important, but the knowledge, skill and experience of the installing contractor will have an even greater impact on operating costs, longevity, and comfort. A substandard design or improper installation can have a significant negative impact on system performance.
As Quality HVAC contractors, we recognize the importance of establishing the total load for the building and each individual room.