Are you thinking about remodeling your home? When it comes to recouping cost at the time you want to sell your home, remodeling is a great decision. A well planned addition to the basement, attic or garage can be a profitable idea. We would like to give you a few ideas you should know before you start this project.
Contact a HVAC Contractor
What you may not have considered is your HVAC system. A home remodel is a great opportunity to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your heating and cooling system. You do not want to waste precious time and money only to find out that you skipped heating, air conditioning, and ventilation details.
Check for Moisture
No one wants to spend time in a damp, cool basement. If your basement has water problems, or even if it is just a little damp and moist, you’ll need to deal with the moisture before doing anything else. Even if you think your basement is dry, test it to be sure. Never ignore a moldy and musty space, especially if you are considering a remodel. Moisture problems are common in basements. Purchase a hygrometer/thermometer device to measure the temperature and humidity levels. The Ideal indoor humidity is between 30% and 50%. If you detect any water spots or moisture problems, you may need to seal your foundation, fix plumbing leaks, improve drainage, and/or add some basement waterproofing. A properly designed HVAC, ventilation and humidification system should be able to keep your basement moisture level under control. Your HVAC expert will be able to help you before planning your basement remodel.
Indoor Air Quality
Products that you use in your home can contain toxic ingredients that cause environmental pollution and compromise your health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household pollutants contained in furnishings, man-made building materials, personal care products, cleaning chemicals and pesticides can cause diseases and even death. We call these Volatile Organic Compounds VOC’s. VOCs are all around us and are extremely harmful in high doses, but can be effectively managed with proper handling and ventilation. You can add an air purifier that filters the air every time your air conditioning and heating system cycles to protect your home from harmful contaminants. Check with your HVAC expert about using a purifier for your remodel.
Consider Your Capacity
It’s no secret that heating and cooling isn’t cheap. Unfortunately, it may be even more expensive if your HVAC system is the wrong size for your space. A system that’s too small for your home may struggle to maintain a comfortable temperature, reducing your family’s comfort level and causing your HVAC to run longer and harder. In contrast, a system that’s too large will often cycle on and off more frequently. This triggers spikes in energy usage and also creates unnecessary wear and tear on your system, reducing its lifespan and causing more frequent and costly repairs. Even if your HVAC system was properly sized originally, you may need to reevaluate it during the course of your remodel. This is especially true if you plan on adding any rooms, reconfiguring the size or shape of existing rooms or making any other modifications that affect the total square footage of your living space. Your HVAC expert will be able to do the proper calculations to assure you that you have the correct size system for your remodel.
Don’t Forget the Ductwork
Even the most efficient and advanced HVAC systems won’t do you much good without proper ducting. The ductwork in your home needs to be clean, free of obstructions, and laid out in a way that maximizes the efficiency of your HVAC system. If you change the layout of your home during a remodel, you may also need to adjust the configuration of your ductwork to ensure that you maintain proper airflow. If you’re building an addition, you’ll need to decide whether you want to extend existing ductwork or add a ductless mini-split heat pump. If you don’t have an existing HVAC system in your remodeling space, a ductless mini-split unit may be your answer. They are small and sleek, provide heating and cooling, have their own thermostat and do not need new ductwork. Your HVAC expert will help you decide which system you need to keep your home cost efficient and comfortable.
Don’t make the mistake of going through with a remodeling project without considering all of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning needs of your new space. Give us a call with any questions. Our HVAC experts will be happy to assist with your remodel.
Make sure to choose your heating and cooling partner wisely. Teegarden HVAC is a knowledgeable, trustworthy, and affordable HVAC company that enjoys and respects customers throughout all of the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area.
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