If you are remodeling your Katy, Texas, home, be sure to include your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in your plans. During the planning phase, ask a Katy AC repair specialist whether your existing system can adequately heat and cool the new addition.
In addition, if you are adding rooms, your current system may not be able to provide the comfort you want. You should consider, too, that some rooms are difficult to connect to an existing ducted system. A qualified HVAC contractor can make recommendations that work with your budget and address your heating and cooling needs. As work progresses during your remodel, you should also be sure to protect your existing equipment during construction. This can prevent the need for repairs after construction.
Evaluate Your Heating and Cooling Needs
If there is already an HVAC system in your home, it was designed to heat and cool the existing square footage and layout of rooms. If you add rooms or change the floor plan, the system may not be able to maintain a comfortable climate. Your HVAC contractor can recommend options for heating and cooling the new space. Likewise, the HVAC contractor should work with the build crew to make sure new equipment is seamlessly integrated, including ducts, vents, blowers, controllers and outside components.
If the unit you currently have is more than 10 years old, installing a new system that includes the new addition and the old may be the best option. Newer units are more energy-efficient and better at regulating humidity. So, not only can you achieve better comfort, but also save on electricity costs.
Heating and Cooling Hard-to-Reach Spaces
Sometimes, attics, garages and other hard-to-reach spaces may be difficult to connect to an existing ducted system. It is harder to regulate temperature and humidity for two-story houses, as upstairs rooms can be up to 10° F warmer than downstairs rooms. There are ways to ensure better indoor comfort, such as creating zones, using ductless mini-split units or upgrading your ducts. Your experienced HVAC contractor can recommend options that will work best for your situation.
Protect Your HVAC System During Remodeling
Of course, remodeling creates a lot of dust. You don’t want this dust to end up in your HVAC system. Taking precautions to protect your system from construction will help you avoid costly Katy AC repairs. Ask your HVAC contractor to prepare the AC system for construction. Be sure to ask the remodeling contractor to do prep work outdoors when possible to minimize dust. Also, close off registers in rooms under construction and clean the air filter every day.
Air Depot Air Conditioning and Heating provides a full suite of Katy AC services. Services include upgrades, new installations, repairs and maintenance. We have over 40 years of providing Katy AC repair services with the expertise you need to during your renovation. Our NATE-certified technicians can recommend energy-efficient equipment that will be compatible with the look of your new space and will keep you comfortable.
For more information about heating and cooling options for remodeled spaces, call Air Depot Air Conditioning and Heating at 281-477-3700. We provide Katy air conditioning repair, installation and maintenance for the greater Houston area.