Brookline, NH Homeowner Learns the Hard Way
HVAC systems that are not installed by a professional, well-versed in this type of work, or worse are done DIY may inadvertently violate current standards. Not only is this against the law, but it can also be dangerous. The HVAC system handles combustible fuel and cooling chemicals that can be dangerous when not used properly. The Uniform Mechanical Code ensures that installation and maintenance of these systems follows a set of rules.
A homeowner in Brookline was looking to list his home for sale. During the inspection, he discovered that his HVAC system was not up to code. Unsure what that meant, he contacted Joyce Cooling & Heating for advice.
Building Code and Your HVAC System
Any major project in your home, including changes to the wiring, venting and plumbing, is regulated by a building code. These codes are written to protect the homeowner from an unlicensed and unqualified company performing work on the home. Ensuring that the proper permits are filed when someone is working on your home will go a long way to protecting the safety of your property and everyone living there.
Ensuring that Your HVAC System is Up to Code
Installing a new HVAC system takes a professional with extensive experience performing this type of work. Properly sized ductwork and sufficient ventilation is critical to your HVAC unit. Some factors like the placement of smoke or carbon monoxide detectors too close to vents can hinder the airflow and impede the system from working properly.
The Uniform Mechanical Code is updated every three years by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. Violations to this code can result in anything from an inefficient HVAC system to dangerous conditions in the home. For this reason, it is critical that you only have an HVAC professional perform work on your home’s heating and air conditioning unit.
Joyce Cooling & Heating was able to work with the homeowner in Brookline, bringing his HVAC system up to code. His house is now ready to list on the market.