The Importance Of Proper HVAC System Design In Austin Homes
This Is Not A One-Size-Fits-All Kind Of Business
Your HVAC system is only going to work as advertised if it’s installed properly.
You may be asking yourself, “doesn’t every HVAC contractor design and install HVAC systems properly?”
No. We’re often told by customers that we’re the only Austin HVAC providers who offer a load calculation as part of our system design and installation. While some teams may see this as a skippable step, it’s essential to us. As true HVAC experts, we’re serious about installing systems so that they’ll perform for you. As registered Austin Energy partners, we know what poorly-sized systems are doing to your energy bill and to the planet. McCullough believes in being thorough.
Sizing Your HVAC System
When we talk about HVAC systems, the size (also called the capacity) is the most important decision.
If your system is not properly sized for the dimensions and demands of your home and lifestyle, it will never live up to its potential. A poorly sized HVAC system will leave you feeling chilly all winter, sweaty all summer, and fuming when your energy bill hits the mailbox.
You can prevent poor system performance, long-term energy waste and the hike in energy costs by choosing a knowledgeable and honest HVAC partner from the start. McCullough is a locally owned and operated Austin business with ongoing training and commitment to the craft. We’re not technicians by chance, we are experts by choice.
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Sizing Your HVAC System
Eyeballing the size of the system you need is not enough. In order to get a system to perform at peak levels, the HVAC contractor will perform a heating and cooling load test using an Manual-J calculation. A “load” is how we quantify the amount of heat that exists in your home before mechanical cooling or heating.
Loads vary from room to room, and they change throughout the day and year. Some of the items that have impact on your home’s load include:
You will need to speak with an HVAC expert, like a McCullough Comfort Consultant, with years of training and experience in the field. They can properly design and configure a system unique to the needs of your home, reduce energy usage and save you money long-term.
By the way: the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) are the ones that publish Manual J, a standard by which all contractors should calculate residential loads. McCullough is actively involved in ACCA and we take Manual J calculations seriously. Our owner, Al D’Andrea, has served as President of the Austin Chapter as well as the statewide Texas chapter!
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Ductwork And Air Delivery
Ductwork that is improperly sized can cause uneven cooling and introduce dust or mold into your home. If your duct system is not properly sized for the capacity of your system, the system may break down or fail to work at all. Improper airflow could impact operating efficiency or cause damage to components of your system.
A Whole-Home Approach To HVAC Installation
A well-designed system can still be ruined with improper installation. It’s important to work with a contractor who employs experienced, licensed technicians with rigorous training. They need to know how to safely install reliable systems according to manufacturer specifications.