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How an HVAC system may benefit your home this summer

Date Tuesday, 24 November 2015 9:15 AM

What do you need to consider before installing an HVAC system in your new home?

The weather is continuing to heat up as summer approaches, and many people around the country are asking themselves: How are we going to stay cool during the steamy months?  

Of course, if you live by the coast, a quick dip in the ocean is a great way to cool down, however the vast majority of households will rely on some form of electrical device to help regulate the temperature of their home. If you're planning on building a new house, now is the ideal time to think about how a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system might benefit your home. Here are a couple of things to consider about before committing to the purchase:  

1. Efficiency  

In the interest of minimising running costs and environmental impact, all new homes in Australia are legally required to have a minimum six star efficiency rating. There are many elements that go into this final score, including your HVAC system. You can get more insight into how much of an emphasis we put on efficiency in our YouTube video below, which showcases one of our Geelong display homes, boasting an impressive 9.1 star efficiency rating.  

You'll want to ensure that you choose an HVAC system that allows your home to meet your state's specific requirements. In addition, keeping the system well-serviced in months and years to come will enable you to unlock even greater efficiency. For example, research from the Federal Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science demonstrated that proper HVAC maintenance can lead to cost savings of 10-40 per cent.  

2. Noise  

While a proper HVAC installation can be incredibly effective at cooling and heating your home, it does come with one unfortunate side effect: Noise. What's more, the sound it produces may not only impact your family, but your neighbours as well. What can you do to minimise this problem?  

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating explained that there are a number of ways to reduce the noise output of your HVAC system, including:  

  • Making use of air conditioning enclosures  
  • Using acoustic barriers such as fences and walls to shield neighbours from noise  
  • Ensuring that the external-facing unit is positioned away from both you and your neighbours' bedrooms and living spaces.

3. Think of ways to minimise use  

Before investing in an HVAC system, think about ways in which you can avoid using it. While it will undoubtedly make your new home more comfortable, it's probably not viable from a cost and sustainability perspective to leave your air conditioning system running all the time.

An HVAC system is most effective when used in conjunction with passive heating and cooling.An HVAC system is most effective when used in conjunction with passive heating and cooling.

There are a number of ways in which you can regulate the temperature of your home without so much as touching the thermostat. For example, the Energy Efficiency Exchange explained that simply opting for a white roof could reduce your air conditioning use by up to 20 per cent. Designing your home with the environment in mind may allow you to further cut back on your HVAC dependency, while effective insulation can help you trap cool air while preventing heat from entering the home. 

HVACs are an incredibly effective way of keeping your home cool in the summer months. However, it is important to choose an energy efficient system and that you take the right steps to ensure that the noise it produces does not disturb people in the vicinity. For more information on which HVAC system is right for your new home, be sure to get in touch with your local builder.