Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) can make or break a living space. Done poorly, the most elaborate suite can become a stuffy box, while the next room over remains a breezy cooler. Considering the importance of the HVAC system, we recommended equipment from the Carrier Infinity Series for the remodeling project at 753. The Infinity Series is Carrier’s best air to air gas furnace and air conditioner. As described on Carrier’s website,
“The Infinity Home Heating and Air Conditioning System provides unparalleled control and an ideal balance of temperature, humidity and air quality. It’s a system so advanced, it continually monitors your home’s comfortlevels, and automatically adjusts itself for maximum efficiency and performance.”
And they don’t exaggerate with this description.
Since each level at 753 is a separate unit, two independent systems were needed. In order to maximize floor space and keep each unit out of sight, we installed the air conditioner and furnace for the first floor in the conditioned crawl space, and equipment for the second floor in the attic. Compressors for both systems were hoisted to the roof with a crane.
Some of the highlights of the HVAC systems and the manner in which they were installed are the following:
- Zoning: Both floors can be divided into eight separate zones; each of which can be adjusted to a different temperature. For instance, and avid cook might like to keep the kitchen temperature at a cool 65 degrees, while his spouse prefers the adjoining bathroom a little warmer. No problem: simply adjust the control button for the kitchen to 65, and the button for the bathroom to 70.
- Energy Efficiency: Due to their energy efficiency ratings, the units combined qualified the home owner for a federal tax credit of $3,000. Additionally, all ducting is insulated to further promote efficiency and lower utility bills.
- Remote Control: Imagine the homeowner is out of town for a weekend, when her sister calls to inform her of a heat wave that’s descended on D.C. She’s worried about the candles in the master bathroom melting, but at the same time, doesn’t want to cool the whole house while she’s away. Again, not a problem. She can simply log into her system via the internet, and turn the temperature down in the zone that covers the master bath.
- Clean Air: The Infinity home indoor air quality system removes up to 99.9 percent of airborne contaminants such as allergens, bacteria and cold and flu viruses.
- Venting: Both kitchens and all bathrooms in the house (upstairs and down) are vented independently. The homeowner will never encounter that lingering breakfast smell so often experienced with re-circulating kitchen hoods. Instead, a powerful exhaust fan sucks smoky air and kitchen fumes outside. The same holds true for the bathrooms.