Home renovation projects can sometimes seem to involve an endless list of important considerations in your Columbus, Georgia, home. While there are lots of tasks that are competing for attention, climate control should be one of the most carefully considered. Figuring out what will work best for your renovation project can be tricky, so we’ve created this small guide to help you find a solution that will fit your needs and your budget.
Ductwork is what’s responsible for transporting the air around your home. With smaller projects, you may not need to revise the ductwork path, but with larger projects that revise the layout of your home, you want to make sure that your ductwork is effectively reaching every area of your home.
Typically, your current ductwork can be revised to add on extra branches to new rooms or navigate a changed layout. However, if your ductwork is old or hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, you may want to consider getting it replaced. In addition, the insulation around your ductwork should be evaluated to make sure your home has peak efficiency levels.
Related to changing your ductwork is seriously considering the airflow in your home. Airflow is dictated by both ductwork and vent placement. For smaller projects, your airflow should stay relatively the same, but if you build new walls or change your home’s layout, the airflow could be disrupted.
Airflow is important not only for keeping your home’s climate control even throughout the house, it’s also essential for improving your indoor air quality. The flow of air keeps your home from being stale and also works to keep contaminants from building up.
If you are unable to change up the position of your ductwork or vents to keep up good airflow, whether due to construction or budgetary concerns, there are alternatives you can consider. These can range from stylish and subtle floor fans to ductless mini-split systems.
Substantial renovation projects that add square footage to your home calls for a re-evaluation of the size of your climate control unit. Your existing unit may not be able to handle the added space in your home which can cause stress on your system leading to a possible expensive breakdown in the future.
When a climate control unit is installed, the professional technician conducts a load capacity evaluation to ensure that the selected unit will be able to work effectively. This evaluation should be repeated after home renovations to confirm that the existing climate control unit is still the best choice. If it’s too small, you’ll want to consider buying a larger unit that can handle the new square footage load.
If getting an entirely new unit for your home doesn’t factor into your renovation plan, you can consider adding an extra, smaller unit. This is a good choice for homeowners looking to add on lots of extra space. This extra unit has its own thermostat and is a great choice for renovation projects like mother-in-law suites.
Your home’s age should come into consideration when completing renovation projects. If you’re renovating a historic home, you may run into issues you wouldn’t with a newer home. For example, changing out the climate control unit shouldn’t be an issue but you may not be able to extend ductwork or change the location of your air vents. Historic homes without central air can be tricky to install ductwork systems as well.
Luckily, there are alternatives you can consider. Ductless mini-split systems are a great alternative for historic homes and essentially work as miniature air conditioners in the room’s they’re installed in.
Whether you’re changing up your climate control system or not, you want to make sure that you’re protecting your system during the renovation problem. Construction dust can wreak major havoc on your climate control system. Your renovation company can help show you how to prevent dust-related issues.
If you’re starting on a home renovation project and you’re concerned about selecting the best climate control system, give the experts at Indoor Solutions a call at 706-225-8241 today to set up a consultation!
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