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Our turnkey design service allows them to focus on their priorities.
Our Core Design Services
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WHY CHOOSE US?
Junk-In = Junk-Out
A good designer has to understand the fundamentals of HVAC system design as well as the nuances of the software they’re using.
All of our design services are managed by our firm’s Principal, Isaac Savage. He is an ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractor’s Association) EPIC certified teacher. This is the industry recognized HVAC Design teaching certification. In addition to that, he also travels nation-wide teaching contractors HVAC design fundamentals and how to use RightSuite Universal, Wrightsoft’s HVAC design software. This means that you have a designer working for you that has an intimate understanding of both the fundamentals and the software. So, rest assured, you can trust the results of the process.
We Get Code Compliance
We Get Your Climate
We Speak GREEN
HVAC Design is the Missing Ingredient in Most Homes
Imagine what you’d get if you tried to build a car without designing it first. Or a house. Or an… HVAC system!
The Typical HVAC System:
Only delivers 65% of the heating/cooling that it should.
Blows too much air in some rooms, and not enough in others.
Pulls pollutants into the home from outside spaces (from duct leakage and/or lack of pressure balancing).
Has no means of bringing in outside air to ventilate the indoor environment.
The machine is typically over-sized, compared to what the house actually needs.
No filtration system is present to remove small particulate — the cheap-o filters don’t count.
Air doesn’t circulate within rooms effectively, resulting in stratified air (cool air stays on the floor – hot air stays on the top – not very comfortable).
Don’t Install an Energy Hog
The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning) systems not only consume huge amounts of a home’s total energy budget, but also impact the comfort and well-being of the occupants more than any other system in a house. Since these systems play such a large role in a home’s performance, it’s important that they receive enough “design” attention to make sure they’ll work as intended. Generally speaking, this is not the case.
Digging a Little Deeper Into the ProcessMore info on the ACCA manuals and why each step matters.
Manual-J Load CalculationsWhy isn’t bigger better? Air conditioners are designed to remove moisture from the air. But they have to run in order to do this. When A/C systems are too big, they satisfy the thermostat too quickly, not allowing the unit to run and dehumidify. This leaves you with cold clammy air, and the potential for some serious moisture and air quality issues. The Manual-J load calculation process tells us how much heating and cooling the house actually needs. Rules of thumb can quickly get you into an oversized situation, which affects not only the comfort and air quality, but also the energy bills.
Manual-S: Equipment SelectionAfter the load is known, the next step is to select equipment that matches. This step is often neglected. The most important aspect of selection is to interpret the capacity at the design conditions found at the location at which it will be installed. This requires interpolation of the manufacturer’s data. Ignoring this often leads to incorrectly sized systems.
Manual-D: Duct Design & SizingDucts are the arteries of your HVAC system, carrying the comfort-giving air to all corners of your building. To ensure the right amount of air gets to the right room, and at the right velocity for proper mixing, the ductwork must be designed and sized correctly. Most systems have under-sized ductwork. The resulting restriction limits the amount of air in the system, resulting in lower system capacity and decreased efficiency. Duct sizes will change depending on a variety of factors. Never trust a rule of thumb when it comes to duct sizing.
Manual-T: TerminationsThe right termination (the grille that you see from inside your house) can make dramatic differences in how air moves around the room. Some terminations are more effective than others, for certain situations. We’ll make sure your terminations match the needs of the home.
Choose Your Design Package, then Customize.
Pricing varies based on size and complexity.
Pricing shown below based on typical 3500 sqft project.
After submitting your project info, a fixed-price proposal will be provided to you.
BasicA Room-By-Room Manual-J
- Room by room load calculation
- We’ll account for zoning needs
- We’ll account for multiple systems
Code Standard2009 Code Compliance Package
- Everything in the Basic package, plus:
- Manual-S Equipment Specification, Including Make and Model Numbers of Each Component
- Manual-D Duct Design & Sizing, Based on the duct materials and fittings you select
PremiumAll 4 Manuals: J, S, D, & T
- All of the Standard package features, plus:
- Manual-T Termination Specifications
- Boot/Grille Sizing & Specification
PlatinumThe Whole Enchilada
- All of the Premium package features, plus:
- Ventilation System specification and Design
- Make-up Air Specification for Kitchen & Laundry