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Flip or Flop, Property Brothers and Fixer Upper. These home remodeling shows present viewers with a behind the scenes look at the design, construction and home renovation process. Most home makeover shows feature variations on a similar theme. Tired, distressed house meets optimistic, energetic designer/builder who, through cheerful hard work and plucky determination, solves problem after problem, presenting a fabulous “new” home – all on time and under budget. Just for good measure, this is accomplished in 44 minutes (don’t forget, 16 minutes for commercials). However, a full disclosure statement during credits at the end of the show might read, “Results may vary. Your home building or remodeling project may take more time.”
Style and Design Verses Functionality and Livability
HGTV’s home remodeling shows are successful because they reveal how designers achieve a certain look. It’s no secret, architects, designers and builders understand that visually stunning style and design are the keys to selling projects. However, homeowners know it’s the inner workings of a house that make it comfortable to live in. That’s why, especially in Arizona, it’s crucial to put emphasis on the engineering and design of the air conditioning system before you finalize plans for your new or remodeled home. If you are in the process of constructing a new home or doing an extensive addition or renovation project, don’t wait until it’s too late to bring us in for an HVAC consultation.
Air Conditioning Factors to Consider in Your Newly Constructed or Remodeled Home
During the hot summers in Phoenix, achieving constant, cool comfort in every room in your home, when it’s 100 plus degrees outside, can be quite a challenge. Here are a few factors to consider when designing – or revamping your AC system:
- The Right HVAC System for Your Home – Whether you are building a new home or renovating, getting the right size, model and style of air conditioner/heat pump is crucial. Many homeowners equate size with cooling power. A common theory is, a bigger AC unit should do a better job of cooling the house. However, this is not always the case. Our professionals will perform a full assessment of your project to determine tonnage and just the right amount of cooling power needed. Our experts will explain it all, so you can make the right decision for your home.
- HVAC System Location – In Arizona, many homes have air conditioning systems located on the roof while others are placed alongside the house or in the back. Deciding where to locate your HVAC system is an important air conditioning design/engineering judgment call. Rooftop or ground level AC systems have different advantages and disadvantages. Our knowledgeable service technicians will present you with the pros and cons of each option so you can make an informed decision.
- Ductwork – Unsung and Unseen – Because ducts are hidden behind walls, in the ceiling between rafters or under the floors, homeowners rarely think of them. However, in new construction or extensive home remodeling, ductwork is critical and often does not receive the attention it deserves. For instance, just adding a duct to an existing system to support a room addition is not sufficient and can throw off the balance of your entire home. Ducts can be damaged or blocked during the construction process – we’ve seen it many times. Ductwork needs to be completed with care and checked multiple times before the walls are closed-up.
When It Comes to Air Conditioning and Construction, Let Us Be Your “Cool” Watchdogs
The list of installation factors to consider during construction is lengthy. It’s important to note that issues not dealt with during the construction process can have long-term ramifications for your home. Our friendly professionals will be happy to meet with you to assess your needs and provide you with information and options. Why not give us a call today?