Heating and Air Conditioning (cont., pg. 4)

 

What Type of Home Heating System Is Best?

It depends.  What type of system is best for you will be a value judgment based on several factors.

 

Consider the climate of your area.

The coldest northern climates will probably preclude the electric heat pump.

Consider your personal requirements.  Factor in initial cost, operating cost, and the potential volatility of oil and natural gas prices.

Consult with several HVAC contractors and your local utility company, who can be an excellent source of unbiased information.

Plan carefully.  This is a choice that’s very important to get right.

 

What You Need To Do

● Hire an experienced, licensed, insured HVAC contractor with good references, whom you actually called.  Make the hire well in advance of when they’ll be needed for rough-in.

● Meet with your contractor to review the framing plan of the house before framing begins.  This will ensure that the house will be framed in a way that is compatible with his duct work and air handler locations.  If he requests changes or additions to the framing plan, review these requests with your framing contractor.

● Follow up to see that HVAC inspections have been requested and passed after rough-in and final installation.


Things You Should Watch For

On another page, I write about how you can and should take an active role in seeing that your subcontractors don’t make avoidable mistakes.

Contractors, even the best ones, can and sometimes do make mistakes.

You don’t have to be an expert yourself to spot these mistakes and to get them corrected while it’s still easy to do so.

Here are some things that you can double-check.

Remember, double-checking is all you’re doing.  You’re not telling him how to do his job so don’t worry that you’re stepping out of line.

It’s your house.

 

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