Your New Construction HVAC Checklist

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From initial blueprints to final paint colors, there are countless decisions to be made for a new construction project. It’s important not to forget the unsung hero of every building, however – the HVAC system.

This crucial piece of the puzzle is responsible for keeping your building, and those inside it, cool and comfortable. Plus, HVAC systems help protect a building’s structural integrity and preserve its contents. By controlling humidity levels, HVAC systems prevent excessive moisture, which can lead to mold growth, rotting wood and damage to furniture, electronics and other sensitive materials.

Whether you’re building a new home or a commercial building, here are five things you need for a successful HVAC installation.


Your New Construction HVAC Checklist:

1. Realistic Budget

Don’t make the mistake of budgeting too little for your heating and cooling system. You’ll quickly find out it’s one of the most important variables for keeping your home or business comfortable. No matter how large or grand a new building looks, if it’s not properly ventilated, heated or cooled, nothing else really matters.

Work with your contractor to budget appropriately for your resources and goals, as different companies may tell you that you need different sizes and types of equipment. A system that is too small may struggle to adequately heat or cool your space, while an oversized system can lead to inefficiencies and increased energy costs. Find someone you trust or do research to decide which option is best.

2. Experienced Team

When it comes to installing an HVAC system, experience matters. Working on new construction is not the same as working with an existing structure, so it’s important to work with a service provider who regularly works on new construction HVAC systems.

Find a local company with a solid reputation that is skilled, honest and reliable. The right fit will offer expert guidance, perform load calculations and recommend the most suitable HVAC system for your specific needs. This might require doing a little research but is well worth your time. Ask questions, read reviews and chat with friends in the area about who they recommend.

3. Energy Efficiency

Want to save money in the long term while also protecting the environment? Opt for energy-efficient HVAC equipment that meets or exceeds industry standards. Energy-efficient systems can significantly reduce your utility bills and minimize your environmental impact.

It’s also a good idea to plan for the installation of a programmable or smart thermostat. These devices allow you to set temperature schedules, monitor energy usage, and control your HVAC system remotely.

4. Ductwork Design

Want to ensure your HVAC system is built to last? Pay attention to the design and layout of the ductwork. Well-designed duct systems ensure balanced airflow throughout your home or office, minimizing temperature variations and promoting efficient operation. Proper insulation and sealing of ducts are crucial to prevent energy loss and maintain consistent comfort.

And while you’re at it, add an annual air duct cleaning to your future to-do list for the new building. Clean air ducts are essential to promoting the flow of healthy, allergen-free air throughout your home and preventing potential fire hazards.

5. Solid Communication

Finally, make sure you have a good line of communication with your HVAC team. While most updates will go through your contractor, having a good relationship with everyone on the team can help avoid miscommunication and mishaps to keep your project timeline on track. Effective communication ensures that everyone is on the same page regarding your vision, project goals and desired outcomes.

And don’t be afraid to ask questions. Regular updates and discussions with contractors ensure that everyone is aware of the progress, any potential changes and how they may impact the budget or timeline. This allows for proactive decision-making and adjustments as needed.


Trust the HVAC Experts

Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning has extensive experience working with contractors to design and build efficient, state-of-the-art ventilation systems for new construction projects. We will partner with your builder and designer to build a heating and cooling system that will meet your needs and budget while keeping you comfortable.

Ready to build? We’re ready to work with you. Please let your contractor know you’d like to work with Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning or contact us to get started.


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