- On February 28, 2017
Given the importance of efficiency, value and cost when it comes to an air conditioning unit, we at Howard Air understand the necessity of a good system design. An ill-designed AC system not only costs the consumer more on their energy bill, but it also makes it more difficult for our technicians to repair and maintain during service calls.
To this end, if you’re a custom home builder, or simply want to design an efficient home comfort system within your existing architecture, we at Howard Air are exceptionally-qualified for the job.
Two Major Factors to Efficient AC Design
We’ve been servicing our Arizona clients for decades and our technicians are NATE-certified with expertise in every major HVAC brand.
1. Building an Efficient AC System
One of the first things you need to have performed are load calculations – usually, this entails employing the HVAC Quality Installation Standard as detailed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). This further entails proper utilization of computer software programs in understanding the parameters of the system you have designed – so that everything comes out correctly and that the physical system operates properly once installed.
2. The Complexities of the Duct System
Air conditioning system design hinges on a properly-designed duct system. If anything goes awry here, the entire system is compromised, and you’ll experience operational inefficiencies that only get worse; costing you money every moment.
The ducts are responsible for moving conditioned air throughout your house after the AC unit removes the heat from it. Our NATE-certified HVAC technicians always make sure to adhere to the computer-rendered optimal system design, so that our customers don’t experience higher energy bills, poor air quality, loud noises and general discomfort. Having the right-sized ducts placed correctly is essential to the air flow in the system.
For spirited self-designers, there are charts that help you judge the duct size based on the size of the rooms the AC system will treat. The measurement is called the CFM, or cubic feet per minute. Charts – which can be found online – convey the amount of energy it takes to heat or cool a room of a given size, and the necessary duct diameter for that room.