Residential HVAC installation refers to systems that are placed in private homes. Commercial HVAC systems are designed somewhat differently. These systems often have more power, which is necessary for larger spaces. Moreover, commercial units will typically have more customization options. This requires differentiation within the duct alignment. For a residential property, the HVAC unit is often more streamlined. Most homes do not need as much power, and the system often has a centralized control panel for unified heating and cooling throughout the home. Commercial systems are usually installed on the roof or behind the building. Residential HVAC units can be placed in basements or storage rooms.
When you look at residential units, you should be aware that much variation exists. The first decision to make is about your power source. All HVAC systems run on some type of power. This can be electricity, gas, oil or even geothermal. The power source will impact the nature of the installation. Most homes already have hookups in place for your HVAC system. It is easier to choose a new system that matches the current hookups. However, you may want to pick a different power source due to cost and efficiency. Electric systems tend to be the most affordable, but gas is often considered more efficient. Geothermal units are the most expensive, but they offer the best efficiency over time.
The good news is that most installations are straightforward. If you use the existing hookups in your home, preparations are minimal. The old unit will need to be removed, which means that the area needs to be clear. If new hookups are needed, then this will need to be done when the old unit is removed. In some cases, other work may need to be completed to accommodate the new unit. This can include additional vents or ducts. Most of the time, installation can easily be completed within a day. However, if the work needed to support the new system is extensive, then the installation period may be extended.