You may not realize it, but your HVAC equipment isn’t exactly fashionable.
If that sounds petty, just take a step into any old home built before our era of modern air conditioning. If it’s been renovated recently, you’ll see boxy trails of ductwork littering what might be an otherwise charming, nostalgic environment. Throughout my work in historic homes, I’ve come to know that installing a modern system while sticking to code can be a logistical nightmare.
I’ve learned a great deal about troubleshooting all manners of common A/C problems which affect the performance and efficiency of a system throughout over two decades of practical experience. I believe that the bread and butter of home comfort relies on the clean, comfortable indoor environment that a good HVAC system provides.
However, even though I’ve never considered myself a guy with an eye for aesthetics, even I can concede that our heating and air equipment can be pretty hideous additions when implemented thoughtlessly. Here are a few recommended practices that anyone can implement in order to integrate their systems into their home’s aesthetic or if you need more information visit at http://www.enercomindustries.com.au.
Some practices to avoid…
While there’s a lot that we can do to improve the look of this equipment in our living space, there are a few practices that can impede your energy efficiency, or even cause damage.
Many insist on wrapping or covering their condenser unit in order to improve the curb appeal of their home. Some are cleverly modified to appear like crates, hedges, or other such innocuous items; but this can encourage rodents to take residence within, and it creates condensation inside (which can quickly turn into a rusting issue.)
Anything that covers or seals areas around vents, especially when implementing false additions, can be reckless towards your climate control efficiency. If your modifications mean that your system has to push harder to condition your area, then form should probably take a back seat to function.
Lastly – while it may seem ridiculous, it should be addressed for the most thorough designers – anywhere inside of ducts should never be painted. Regular airflow can cause the paint to dry and chip, which will do nothing but send flakes of paint dust throughout your home until it wears away. (By Jason Wall)