4 Reasons to pay attention to your heating and air conditioning when you renovate
At Tribus Homes, Toronto’s premier custom home builder and home renovations experts, one of the things we pay a lot of attention to is heating and cooling. Whether you and your family are working, relaxing, learning, playing or sleeping in your home, you want to be comfortable. A home that’s too hot, or too cold, is one that just isn’t comfortable to be in. You also want proper air circulation, and to not have stale air in any of your rooms.
So, when we’re working with customers on building your dream home, we pay close attention to the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.) But what about renovations? If you’re renovating your home, should you look into the heating or cooling or not? We’ve learned that it’s actually important, and here are four reasons why it’s important.
#1: Layout changes may mean duct changes.
A lot of renovations involve changing the layout of your home. While the changes may not be as extreme as in a business renovation, you may still have a living room or bedroom layout change that means that the way the air flows through your home will need to change. This is something you’ll need to keep in mind at the planning stage, so that you don’t end up with major delay when renovation is happening.
#2: Changing rooms will have different heating requirements
A larger room is more difficult to heat and cool than a smaller one. If you’re expanding your kitchen, opening up a kitchen/dining room, adding new bedrooms, expanding old bedrooms, or making any number of other changes, you’ll need to give thought to how they’ll be heated and cooled. The overall load at different times of day may be important to consider too: a room that used to be a bedroom that’s been turned into a home office, for example, will have very different HVAC requirements, as it’ll be used heavily during the day and only lightly used during the evening and at night.
#3: Materials changes may change your furnace/air conditioner requirements
Modern building materials can be far better at keeping heat in (or out) than ones from past years. You have better insulation in your walls, windows and doors. Alternately, you may well simply have a larger home that requires more capacity. Either way, you may find that you simply don’t have the heating or cooling requirements that you used to. If that’s the case, you may want to work with your home renovators (like Tribus Homes) to determine if that will change the kind of furnace or air conditioner that you need for your home.
#4: Changes in safety regulations
Safety codes and regulations are constantly being upgraded, and what was acceptable when your home was built may well not pass code now. That’s part of why it’s so important to bring in a skilled home renovator like Tribus Homes; not only are Mike, Randy and David familiar with the changes in building codes, but they know to bring in skilled contractors who keep the code in mind from the very beginning, and how to have HVAC and other contractors work together to ensure everything’s safe, reliable, and up to code.
When you’re planning your next big renovation, you want skilled homebuilders like Tribus Homes at your side: renovators like who understand how all the parts of your renovation can fit together. So get in touch, using our contact form or by calling us at 416-645-0565, and explore exactly how we can help turn your existing home into your dream home.