When you're installing a central HVAC system for the first time or moving your current one due to renovations, you have to choose the best place for all the parts. You'll need an HVAC installation technician's help for doing this, as well as help in choosing the components when it comes to size and power. Once you have the right equipment chosen, consider the following when you're ready to have it installed.
Choose The Best Place For The Ducts
Depending on the configuration of your house and the size of the ducts, they might be placed in the basement, crawlspace, or attic. The choice could have a lot to do with the space you have available. If your home doesn't have a basement or crawlspace, then the attic is the only choice left. Also, consider the condition and size of the space. Sometimes a crawlspace or attic is so small that working in the space is nearly impossible. If you choose to place the ducts in a crawlspace, make sure you've fixed any problems with standing water first.
Select A Well-Ventilated Location For The Furnace
When it comes to placing the furnace and air handler somewhere, you'll have a lot more options. You can put it in the basement if you have one, or you can put it in the garage, attic, or crawlspace.. The concern with the air handler and furnace is that it has plenty of room around it for adequate ventilation. You don't want it to be in a tight space with restricted airflow. The same is true for the return vent and registers. They should be out in the open and not blocked. When they're unobstructed, you'll have more even heating and cooling in your home, and the HVAC will be easier to clean and maintain.
Position The Thermostat On An Inside Wall
Placement of the thermostat is important, too, because you don't want anything to raise or lower the temperature other than the air in the room. If sun shines on the thermostat a few hours each day, it will register a different temperature than the real temperature in your house, and it will be difficult for you to stay comfortable.
Place The Outdoor Unit Away From A Window
You may also have several options for placement of the outdoor condenser. The ideal place is in the shade, but far from trees and other foliage that will obstruct airflow. Also think about what's on the other side of the wall, because the AC will make noise all day and night as it kicks on and off. Putting the condenser under a bedroom window probably isn't a good idea.
While each part of your new HVAC system needs to be installed in a good place, your installation technician will have the experience to select the right location for each part. If you have a preference for some reason, be sure to let the installation technician know so your wishes can be accommodated when possible.