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Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC). Not a sexy topic. However, HVAC is the single most important engineered component that makes our homes and work environments comfortable to inhabit.

A work environment that is too hot or too cold can significantly reduce an employee’s productivity. A home not properly heated and ventilated can produce unhealthy mold conditions. People generally do not notice their HVAC system unless it is not functioning properly. Often times a fix can be as simple as increasing or decreasing the air flow through a floor or ceiling register. Sometimes the problem can be more complicated, such as inadequately sized ductwork, furnace, or air conditioner.

An undersized furnace or duct can prevent some rooms in a house from ever heating up. An oversized air conditioner may cycle off too quickly due to ice buildup, preventing a house from cooling down. To make sure your home or commercial business HVAC system is working properly, it is a good idea to have it checked annually by a qualified technician.

When building a new home, business, or remodeling an existing structure, it is a good idea to have a licensed professional engineer design the type of system that best suits your needs. There are many energy-efficient technologies on the market such as radiant floor heat, heat pumps, and chilled beams to consider when designing your next project. Give us a call at Hood River Consulting Engineers to help you get started today.

If you want to learn more about Hood River Engineers and what we do, visit our website at www.hoodriverengineers.com.

If you have a question for me or one of our engineers, call us at 541-436-4723 or email us at gorgexpert@hoodrivernews.com.

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