When your heater stops working in the middle of winter, it’s a “get-someone-here-right-now” problem. But that guest bathroom remodel? It could wait for a few weeks if your contractor gets busy. While HVAC repair and maintenance usually get lumped into the construction industry, there are a few key differences that you should keep in mind.
If you’re having problems with your HVAC or feel like it’s time for a replacement, here’s everything you need to know about whether HVAC is considered construction and how you should prepare for it.
What is HVAC?
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Together, these three components form the essential system that allows you to manage the temperature of your home or office. This is especially important in places where temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months!
HVAC systems are made up of several components, including ventilation ducts, fans, and compressors. HVAC technicians are trained to install and maintain these systems so that they function correctly and safely.
What is Construction?
Construction is the process of creating buildings, structures, and infrastructure. Construction can include anything from building a new home to installing a bridge over a river. It requires specialized skills, including carpentry, engineering, plumbing, and electrical work.
Construction also includes remodeling work like adding an extra room or replacing windows and doors in an existing structure. This is done by contractors who are licensed to perform this type of work.
Is HVAC Considered Construction?
Yes and no. HVAC is a part of the construction industry; however, the biggest difference between the two is that HVAC repairs are generally urgent and construction can usually be done over time.
HVAC repairs need to be done quickly and efficiently because a broken HVAC system could result in serious health issues or even fatalities. On the other hand, construction projects don’t usually have this same sense of urgency and can often wait until the contractor is available.
HVAC systems involve the installation and maintenance of components like ventilation ducts, fans, and compressors. This requires specialized skills and knowledge that are not necessarily needed for traditional construction tasks, such as:
- familiarity with heating and cooling units
- understanding of refrigerant systems
- proper ventilation installation skills
- routine HVAC maintenance tasks
On the other hand, construction projects usually involve more general skills like carpentry, engineering, plumbing, or electrical work. These tasks require a different set of skills and knowledge than those associated with HVAC.
Maintaining an HVAC system is like keeping up with your car’s oil change. If not taken care of, it can lead to damage and expensive repairs. In addition, regular maintenance helps your systems run smoothly, which leads to lower energy costs.
On the other hand, construction projects often don’t require regular maintenance. While there may be some necessary maintenance tasks to keep the structure in good condition (like repairing cracks or repainting walls), these are usually done at intervals of a few years and not as frequently as an HVAC system.
How Quickly Can I Get Service?
HVAC repairs and maintenance are typically urgent. If your system fails, you want to be sure that you can get it fixed as soon as possible. Bell Cow Services offers emergency service for urgent repairs, so you can be sure that your HVAC needs will be taken care of quickly and efficiently.
But construction projects can often be done in stages and don’t require an immediate response. It’s important to find a contractor who is reliable, trustworthy, and able to complete the job efficiently.
Save Money on Your HVAC Maintenance With Bell Cow Services
When your heater stops working during those frigid winter months or sweltering summers, you need help fast. Bell Cow Services is here to help with all your HVAC needs, from installations and repairs to maintenance. We have over 50 years of combined experience and offer urgent services so that you can save time and money on your HVAC maintenance.
We understand the importance of a properly functioning HVAC system in keeping you comfortable and safe, and we strive to provide the best service in the industry. Schedule an appointment today to see how Bell Cow Services can help you save on your energy bill.