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How Does an HVAC Installation Work?

There are three steps to an ideal installation, and each is important to ensure you enjoy the results you expect from the time and money you spend.

The HVAC Installation Process

Here’s a breakdown of how to get your new heating and cooling system installed.

1. Talk to a Trusted Technician

Most installations start with a call to an expert technician. It’s not always obvious that you need a new system, but there are some telltale signs that action is required — for instance, something in the system will fail. Your technician will be able to assess the issue, and depending on what they uncover, they can present you with options.

If there’s one broken feature, like a blower motor, you could replace the part or your entire system. If you have an older system, you’re often better off getting a new HVAC unit — it will help you save on energy bills and future repairs. Your technician may be able to quote a new system on the spot, or they may need to send a specialist.

2. Consultation with a Specialist

At this point, you’re considering a new system and weighing your options. This is when you’ll need an HVAC expert to visit your home and lay out the scope of work. They’ll determine the type and size of unit you need, the steps to take, and why.

This is your opportunity to ask questions. Are you concerned about air quality, gas leaks, your utility bills? Let the expert know! That will help them select a system that works for you.

3. Your HVAC Installation

How long will the install take? That depends on the system itself and the company you select to do the job. If you’re installing a new furnace and that requires updated ductwork, the job could take three days (on average).

HVAC Installation Cost

The cost of an HVAC install will depend on your specific space. Here are some elements that can factor into the price:

  • Your home’s current heating method (natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, geothermal, electric heat pumps, oil)

  • Whether your home has ductwork or water piping

  • The age of your current system (as systems age, they become less efficient at converting energy into heat)

  • The location of your system

  • The size of the room to heat or cool

Selecting a New System

You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to HVAC systems. They’re all designed to regulate the air temperature and air quality in your home, but the best system for you will match your home’s layout and your specific needs. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you want to narrow down your choices:

  • Do you need your system to heat or cool your home? There are HVAC systems that do both, and some that focus on one output.

  • How many rooms do you need to heat or cool, and how big are those rooms?

  • How cold is your climate? Certain systems may have to work too hard in very cold weather to warm your home.

  • Do you suffer from allergies? Consider ventilation options and how the system moves air — some will be better than others when it comes to reducing allergens.

  • Does your home have ductwork? Some systems, like central air conditioning and heat, rely on ducts to heat your home.

  • Is your home currently heated with fuel, electricity, or geothermal power?

  • Do you care how your system looks? Some systems are more visible than others, and there are different styles to choose from.

  • Are you concerned about energy efficiency and utility bills?

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