If you are remodeling your home, it is probably to increase the value and comfort. Remodeling your home is a big project. Whether you are upgrading one room or moving walls it’s important that you don’t forget about your HVAC system.
If your heating and air conditioning system was installed properly it was customized for your home. A company should have come out and looked at your home, took measurements, and then designed the duct work and vents to provide optimal airflow to each area of your house. By doing this you should be able to maintain a consistent temperature thought your home.
Because your HVAC system is customized for your house’s floorplan, you may need to change some vent locations during a remodel.
If you are only remodeling one room, your HVAC system most likely will not be affected. You may need to move a vent from one area of the room to another to accommodate your plans or you can leave it in place and work around it. If you are going to relocate a vent in a single room remodel, make sure you consult with a heating and air conditioning company. They will make sure it is done properly without losing efficiency.
If you are removing or moving walls in your home, you will definitely want an expert to come out and evaluate your plans. A good HVAC company will come to your home to look at your current set up and your desired floor plans and give you a recommendation for free.
You will most likely not need to replace your entire furnace or air conditioner. You might have to move some ducts or vents to maintain optimum efficiency. This can be done at a relatively low cost and fairly quickly.
If you choose to move walls and not change your HVAC system. This will result in some rooms being warmer or cooler than others. It could make your system work harder to maintain a consistent temperature. If this happens it will cause more wear and tear on your HVAC system and your maintenance and energy bills will increase.
Another thing to consider when building walls is the proximity to your furnace and air handler. If you build a wall that blocks the access panels to your HVAC system it will increase the cost of maintenance and repairs. When your system breaks an HVAC company will have to remove the wall to gain access and then replace it when they are done. The technician will remove the wall but they will most likely hire a contractor to replace it. This cost will fall on you, the homeowner.
If you want to build a wall near your furnace or air handler, make sure there is enough clearance to not only remove the access panels, but to get in and work on the unit also. There are many ways to make your unit accessible and still hidden. Work with your contractor for options.
If you are ever unsure about how your remodeling will affect your HVAC system call a professional. Make sure you ask them if they will come out and evaluate your new floor plan or room free of charge. If they say no, call someone else.
It is better to take a little extra time to get an evaluation than to lose efficiency or cause harm to your system.