Learn How and Why Rite Way Offers a Superior HVAC Installation
At Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing we are proud of the quality of HVAC installation work which we do.
We pull more more work permits than any other HVAC contractor in Tucson, which means:
- The homeowner has a third party verify the quality of our work
- The homeowner can have confidence that there will be no problems when they come to sell their home
- We hold our work to a higher standard than other contractors since it has to meet permit requirements.
It’s important to note that the majority of heating and cooling contractors in Tucson do not pull permits at all.
Going Beyond Normal Standards
We have found that meeting the minimum standards of code means a safe HVAC installation.
It does not mean that the unit is being installed with a view to giving it a long, trouble free life.
If you are thinking about having a new air conditioning system installed, consider some of the installation features which Rite Way believes are important, but which most contractors ignore:
- Copper drain lines
What we do: Install copper drain lines instead of PVC or plastic drain lines.
Why we do it: Although PVC drain lines are legal, they only last about 3 – 4 years in our Tucson heat. Copper drain lines will last the life of the unit, and since they rarely leak, roof damage from a leak is not a concern.
- “Quiet Pack” Permanent Platform for Roof-Mounted UnitsWhat we do: Install the HVAC unit on a Rite-Way “Quiet Pack” permanent platform, sealed to the roof, and set the unit on noise and vibration reducing isolators.Why we do it: The standard practice of setting the unit on redwood sleepers may meet the codes, but with longer lasting units such as those made by Trane and Lennox, the redwoods won’t last the life of the unit. Angle iron stands rust, stain your roof, and provide a haven for pigeons. Floating metal stands guard against pigeons, but you can’t get to the roof underneath.With these types of bases it is difficult to properly maintain the roof without removing the unit, and since removal and replacement of the unit can be expensive, the unit is not removed, and so many roof problems occur in this location.
Installing a Rite-Way “Quiet Pack” permanent platform under the unit gives the unit a permanent base that is sealed to the roof, eliminates having to maintain the roof under the unit, and with neoprene isolators or optional spring isolation system, gives the maximum amount of noise and vibration reduction possible
- Spring Isolators for Roof-Mounted UnitsWhat we do: Install the unit on spring isolators.Why we do it: Standard neoprene isolators reduce noise and vibration somewhat, however, springs give the maximum amount of noise and vibration reduction possible, meaning less noise when the unit turns on.
- Super-insulation on Exposed Ductwork
What we do: Install 2” thick thermal insulation liner inside all exposed ductwork instead of 1” thick.
Why we do it: Most Contractors save cost by installing 1” thick duct insulation in their sun-exposed ductwork. We install 2” thick insulation for four very good reasons!
a) Code requires it.
b) It will lower your utility bills
c) It will increase comfort.
d) Its the just right thing to do! Although more money, 2” insulation is a great investment!
5. Custom Designed Streamlined Duct and Fittings
What we do: Design and Install streamlined duct fittings where ever possible.
Why we do it: Most Contractors buy ductwork already made up into straight pieces to save on cost and time. The fittings are then “cobbled” together to make duct runs, however, they are not streamlined. When air moves through their duct it is extremely turbulent, which creates noise, causes air loss and increases the your electric and gas bill. We custom design our ductwork to be as streamlined as possible, to reduce noise as much as possible, and to maximize airflow, comfort and efficiency. This ductwork can cost a little more, however it is well worth it. We have an entire customer sheet metal shop at our location on Speedway Blvd in Tucson just so that we can provide this kind of custom ductwork for you.
6. Flex Connectors Between the Duct System & the Unit
What we do: Install a flexible duct section between the unit and the hard ductwork entering the home.
Why we do it: Most Contractors connect the hard sheet metal duct directly to the unit to save time and cost. Unfortunately, this ductwork will begin to resonate with the vibrations & noise from the unit, amplifying this noise and carrying it into the home where it will be heard. Installing a flexible connector stops this from happening, reducing the noise transfer into the home.
7. Low Return (intake) for rooftop Package units
What we do: Run a return (intake) duct down thru the home to get the return (intake) grilles as low in the home as possible.
Why we do it: In a home, cold air falls and warm air rises. When installing a rooftop unit, most contractors install a return (intake) grille in the ceiling. While this is cheaper, it also leads to very cold floors in the winter. As cold air falls, it stays near the floor. Warm air rises, and being up near the ceiling, it is drawn into the unit, reheated, then is put back into the home up high, where it repeats this cycle.
If we never take the cold air near the floor and heat it, temperature stratification occurs, and the air from about 4-5 feet on down stays very cold, and the air above this gets very warm, which can lead to discomfort.
If the cold air near the floor is taken to the unit and heated thru this low intake, all the air in the home is mixed, and the temperatures produced are much more consistent and warm.
To those contractors that would say “we want a high return (intake) so we can suck the hot air off the ceiling and cool it”, we say, ‘how much time do you typically spend on the ceiling?’
8. Interlock Drain Pump With System
What we do: Interlock the condensate drain pump with the control circuit to shut down the system should the pump fail.
Why we do it: Occasionally pumps can fail and overflow during the humid season, with absolutely no warning. We interlock the pump circuit with the control circuit of your system, so should the pump fail to operate, your system will be shut down to reduce the likelihood of flooding.
Shutting the system down will call your attention to the fact that there is a problem, prompting a simple repair before damage occurs to your home.
9. Quiet Package for Air Handlers
What we do: Install acoustic board baffles both below and above the new Air Handler.
Why we do it: All air handlers built today (Trane’s variable speed air handlers can be an exception) are noisier than older air handlers with larger, slower turning blowers. Today’s air handlers have smaller, faster blowers, causing an increase in high frequency sound that is transmitted through the ductwork above the air handler.
We install acoustic insulation in the ductwork ABOVE the air handler, where these air handlers are the noisiest, reducing the noise levels as much as possible. Contractors that install “insulation” on the ground below an air handler do not understand that air handlers create their noise above and not below.
As you can tell, designing a new heating and air conditioning system has a lot of moving parts. If you considering a new system, please call us.
We’ll set up a complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which involved a full assessment of the needs of both your home and your family.