Should You Relocate Your Air Handler?

Posted on: May 01, 2019

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In many northeast Florida homes, the air handler is located in the attic, right alongside the holiday decorations and dusty boxes. But is this the best place for a piece of equipment essential to your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning?

Many times, homeowners buy a house with an air handler already located in the attic, and sometimes people will place the air handler in the attic when building their new home. It seems convenient. After all, the attic is full of empty space. But, HVAC professionals agree, it’s not ideal.

Why Should You Relocate Your Air Handler?

So, having your air handler in your attic isn’t a great idea, but what’s the big deal? It turns out that the attic is an inefficient space for your air handler, and inefficiency means higher utility bills. Keeping your air handler in a hot Florida attic is like throwing money out the window.

HVAC industry insiders follow the protocol of placing air handlers (and ductwork whenever possible) in cooler locations because this lets the air handler actually cool itself down, which lowers its operating costs.

Also, attic ducts often leak. You might think you have every single hole sealed, but even so, new leaks can occur without you even knowing about it. Going over every inch of ductwork is a laborious process, especially when a section of ductwork is in a location that's difficult to reach.

If your family is interested in "going green" and doing your part to lower your carbon footprint, you should know that relocating the air handler means you are decreasing energy usage.

Relocating your air handler is also an investment. An HVAC system that does not have to work quite so hard to provide conditioned air because the air handler is placed in the most suitable location will naturally last longer. Overburdened equipment that has to run more often because of inefficiencies will tend to malfunction sooner.

Hire a Professional to Relocate Your Air Handler

Relocating an air handler from your attic is not a job for beginners. It's best to go with an HVAC company whose technicians have plenty of experience providing service to homes in Florida. Inexperienced technicians will take longer to get the job done and they might not have sufficient knowledge about where to actually relocate the handler.

David Gray Heating & Air's knowledgeable and friendly technicians are experts when it comes to keeping your heating and cooling system running at top performance. Homeowners in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area have come to rely on our team to help them select, install and maintain the right HVAC equipment. For more information on the benefits of relocating your attic air handler or advice on where to put it in your home, please contact the professionals at David Gray Heating & Air today.

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