About five years ago, my husband and I built our new home from the ground up.
It was a huge undertaking and required a tremendous amount of planning.
We wanted to get everything just right and not live with regrets later on. Everything from determining the location of the windows to the size of the closets was important. We asked for help with the electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems from licensed professionals. We were worried about ending up with insufficient power to handle our needs safely and conveniently. Drains, water lines, septic and water heating are daily necessities and need to be designed and installed properly. I did some reading up on what to look for in a heating and cooling system and found that the make and model of equipment isn’t nearly as important as the sizing and installation procedures. If the heating/cooling unit is too big for the home, it will cost more to buy and install, take up more space and fail to achieve maximum efficiency. The system will reach the desired temperature too quickly, resulting in short-cycling and greater wear and tear. Unpleasant temperature fluctuation, higher running costs and complaints with air quality are some of the consequences. If the furnace and air conditioner only operate for short periods of time, there’s not as much opportunity to filter out contaminants. However, if the system is too small, it will fail to meet demand. The house be overheated in the summer and chilly in the winter. Plus, if the furnace and air conditioner are running non stop, they use up a lot of energy and will wear out sooner.