Do you have a home renovation project scheduled for the near future? One of the big mistakes that first time homeowners make is not properly weighing the benefits of updating their HVAC while the rest of the work is getting done.
In order to help you to understand why this is such an important consideration, eieihome.com spoke with Adam Saunders of Martino HVAC, a GTA industry leader, to learn the four main reasons why updating your HVAC during a home renovation is a smart move.
- HVAC Updates & Home Reno’s Go Hand in Hand: One of the most logical reasons to update your HVAC during a home renovation is simply because the work required tends to go hand-in-hand. “Knocking down drywall is very common during basement renovations and would need to be done again for future HVAC updates if the update did not take place during the renovation process.” Saunders explains. So let’s say you complete a massive home renovation and then decide next year that you end up needing to replace your furnace, your dry wall would have to be cut through again, which means more work and repairs needing to be done on your home.
- Your HVAC Should Match Your New Home: “ Your HVAC needs change when your home changes” Saunders explains. Typically, when a significant renovation is done and the windows & doors in your home are upgraded, your home will end up being better insulated. In the home improvement industry this is known as an improvement to the “building envelope” and typically results in your home having a lessened demand for heating & cooling, which means it probably also needs a smaller furnace and/or air conditioner. “ When it comes to your HVAC, bigger is not better. A unit that is too large for your home will end up short cycling, which means it will blast on and off in a highly inefficient manner, which will greatly increase your utility bill.” Saunders explains. Having an inappropriately performing unit will also lead to an increase in wear and tear on the unit, quicker time to breakdown and temperature differences throughout the home.
- A Home Renovation May Damage Your Old HVAC: “During a renovation, drywall and construction dust may find its way into your furnace or A/C unit which may reduce efficiency and increase the chance of a future breakdown” Saunders explains. Since the HVAC tends to take a beating during a renovation, it makes sense to update it near the end of a renovation project.
- Keeping Up With Safety Regulations: “ Safety codes and standards are constantly being updated and new regulations pop up all the time” Saunders explains. This means that, if you have an older furnace or A/C unit installed in your home, many components of that unit may no longer be to code or meet current safety standards.
If you are on the fence about updating your HVAC during your next renovation, hopefully today’s article was the tipping point. It makes practical and logistical sense and will save you both money and headaches in the long run.
By Andy De Santis