What Homeowners Need To Know About HVAC Commissioning For New Construction Homes
Moving into a new home is exciting—especially if the home is newly constructed. New construction homes have several advantages, such as more opportunities for direct communication with the contractors. Moving into a newly constructed home may also give you more say over the building process.
As you work through the creation of your new home, don’t forget about your HVAC system. Although your HVAC system will be new, it’s a good idea to schedule a commissioning so that you know exactly how it’s working during construction and after your home is built.
Why You Need An HVAC Commissioning
Most contractors are vigilant about building and installing a quality HVAC system. However, even the best HVAC systems encounter problems, and, if something does go wrong, homeowners can end up spending more money to fix their systems than the contractors spent building it. HVAC commissioning may alleviate or eliminate many of these issues. HVAC commissioning goes beyond simple contracting. Through this process, you ensure that your system not only performs properly, but also performs at optimum level. Commissioning can also guarantee that your HVAC system saves energy.
While HVAC commissioning isn’t required, it’s recommended for most if not all HVAC projects. Some projects, such as an air conditioner replacement, fan or vent replacements, or upgrades, can especially benefit from commissioning. If your home was newly constructed but you didn’t schedule a commissioning, consider retro-commissioning your existing system if it’s several years old or has frequent minor issues.
Who Does HVAC Commissioning On New Constructions?
In many cases, this will be the same person who built and installed your system. If not, HVAC commissioning specialists are trained to be extremely familiar with all parts of an HVAC system as well as operations and maintenance (O&M) manuals. This professional will inspect and fix your system based on many factors, such as the manufacturer’s temperature settings, boiler and venting requirements, and other program defaults.
Additionally, HVAC specialists will involve you in each step of the commissioning process. They want you to know as much as you need to about how your HVAC system works and how to troubleshoot minor problems. Ask them any questions you have. If you’re concerned that they’ve missed something or would like an unplanned upgrade, let them know.
What An HVAC Commissioning Involves
An HVAC commissioning begins with a thorough visual inspection of the entire unit, inside and out. Your commissioning specialist will use a checklist for each part of the system. He or she will ensure that the unit is accessible for maintenance and that all parts and connections are supported and secure. A commissioner will check to ensure that all parts of the system respond to commands and that the box is securely mounted so that you can safely access and control your system.
If you need an HVAC commissioning or would like to learn more about how they work, contact us any time online or via phone. We look forward to working with you.