Guidelines for the Proper Placement of Various HVAC Components

Air conditioning system on top of a building

HVACs are now a standard part of most properties. One of the things that will determine your HVAC’s energy efficiency, durability, and functionality is its installation. Professional installation and proper placement of the unit’s components is important.

An experienced HVAC contractor will first assess your Raleigh, NC home before starting the installation job. This will ensure that he or she gets the best sites for placing various HVAC components. Here are some guidelines for the placement of different parts of your unit:

Air Ducts and Handlers

One big mistake central HVAC system owners will make is choosing locations that are not efficiently cooled for their ductwork and air handler placement. If you can’t place the air handler in a site that is cooled by your HVAC, opt for the basement since this location is naturally cool. Putting your duct work in hot areas will increase the temperature of the air you get from your system.

HVAC Registers

Some property owners erroneously believe the site of the register is insignificant. Remember that hot air rises while cold air is dense and will sink. The ideal option is to place your HVAC registers on the ceiling so that cool air will sink and keep your room cold. Should you opt to put your registers in the floors or walls, ensure that there are no obstructions to the airflow.

Condensing Unit

Most people now opt to place their condensing unit in basements and attics. This is inefficient since the condenser re-circulates extracted heat back into your indoors. Place your condensing unit outdoors on a concrete base on the shaded side of your property. The area you choose should also be free from any obstructions to ensure optimal functioning.

When buying a new unit or replacing various components in your HVAC unit, determining where to place the parts is somewhat tricky. With this guide, however, the decision becomes easier. Proper placement will extend your HVAC unit’s durability and optimize energy efficiency.