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Whole-House HVAC Design

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 @ 09:29 AM

Whether you’re building a new home, or upgrading your current HVAC system in an existing home, you should be aware of whole-house HVAC design.  The whole-house approach recognizes that there are many different aspects and components that work together to make your indoor environment comfortable and healthy.

New construction gives Northeast Ohio homeowners a unique opportunity to design their HVAC systems from scratch, with future energy-efficiency and indoor air quality in mind.  Likewise, replacing your current system gives you a chance to install equipment that works better together to achieve comfort, energy-efficiency and good indoor air quality.

A whole-house systems approach considers the interaction between you, your building’s orientation, your climate, and these other elements or components of your home:

  • Appliances and home electronics
  • Insulation and air sealing
  • Lighting and daylighting
  • Heating and cooling
  • Water heating
  • Windows, doors and skylights

Each of these elements can be designed or re-designed, and materials chosen, to enhance your home’s energy-efficiency in order to reduce utility bills and improve home comfort.

Builders and contractors who use this approach recognize that the features of one component in the house can greatly affect other components, which ultimately affects the overall energy efficiency of the house.  For example, simply re-orienting the position of you home can have a dramatic impact the size and cost of the original system plus reduce your utilities year around.  Choosing a builder or HVAC contractor who believes in the whole house approach to HVAC is a smart move that pays off in reduced utility bills, lower maintenance costs and improved air quality.

Some benefits of using a whole-house systems approach include:

  • Reduced utility and maintenance costs
  • Increased comfort
  • Reduced noise
  • A healthier and safer indoor environment
  • Improved building durability.

So, when it’s time to think about replacing HVAC system components, or choose equipment for your new home, remember whole-house design.  We can work with you to ensure that your system components keep your air clean, comfortable and at the proper humidity levels.  This is the best way to ensure your future comfort.  Ask us about the whole house approach, and how to plan out your HVAC system for maximum comfort and energy efficiency.

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  To get started, check out our website.

Topics: tagged building a new home, water heating, whole house systems., maintenance costs, systems approach

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