• When reading an estimate for a new heating and cooling system, there are several things you should be looking for. Photo: Moore Mechanical, Inc. (2017)

  • In addition to the new unit itself, the estimate should address all aspects of HVAC system operation. Photo: Moore Mechanical, Inc. (2017)

  • In particular, any HVAC estimate should include information about the home’s air ducts. Photo: Moore Mechanical, Inc. (2017)

Steve Moore is owner of Moore Mechanical, Inc.. To reach Steve Moore call (925) 560-1505.
Addressing the “Big Picture” with HVAC Estimates

DUBLIN – When getting an estimate for a new heating, cooling and ventilation system, make sure it addresses the big picture. First of all, the estimate should address all aspects of system operation, not just the HVAC unit itself. The estimate should also present alternative options to replacement, such as repairing the existing system (if viable). Furthermore, if your home contains asbestos or other risk factors, the estimate should address any related safety concerns.

In particular, any HVAC estimate should include information about the home’s air ducts. To ensure proper system performance, a new HVAC unit needs to be properly sized in accordance with the existing ductwork, which requires careful calculation on the part of the estimating contractor. In some cases, a contractor may recommend that the air ducts be replaced as well (depending on their size, age and condition), as leaky or damaged ductwork can substantially hamper system efficiency. Either way, a thorough estimate will ensure this crucial aspect of system installation doesn’t get overlooked.

Steve Moore is a veteran of the HVAC industry and owner of Moore Mechanical, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2007. He can be reached at (925) 560-1505 or by email.

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