Building a home? Here are some tips to help you figure out what kind of HVAC system and water heater you'll need.
Get the Size Right
When sized correctly for your home, your furnace and water heater will provide a long life of efficient service.
When building our Getaway home project, we estimated our British Thermal Unit (BTU) requirements for our furnace by multiplying our square footage by the heating factor for our zone (40 to 50 BTUs per square foot). Working with a technician from American Standard Air, we made sure the furnace we chose was perfectly sized for the structure.
Save Propane with Dual-Fuel
The Getaway was not designed as a year-round home. We won’t live here full time, so we don’t want to heat it full time.
We chose a high-efficiency, dual-fuel furnace to reduce our yearly propane usage. We’ll use it only in the deep cold months. In early spring and late fall, we can use electricity.
Family Handyman/Thomas Fenenga
Our HVAC system makes the most of the fresh air around us.
The air exchanger enhances the efficiency of the system by removing stale air and replacing it with outdoor air.
The American Standard whole-home air filter removes allergens and dust and maximizes the quality of the air inside.
Never Wait for Hot Water
When we arrive at our Getaway late on a Friday night after hours of driving, we don’t want to wait for hot water.
That’s why we went with an on-demand water heater, which eliminates the big water tank (and the cost of keeping all that water hot). More importantly, it delivers hot water instantly.