How to Plan for a Raised Floor System with HVAC How to Plan for a Raised Floor System with HVAC

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Details of HVAC raised floor system

In order to get the best from a HVAC system, you should be installing a raised floor to accommodate the system and all of its tubes and cables. If you are not sure how to proceed with your raised floor, and are looking for some assistance, then the best way to work out what you will need for your raised floor is to work out a plan of the system, so that you can just consider the installation, and nothing else. If you are not able to get the system installed straight away, then a plan is the best way to fully prepare yourself for the installation of a raised floor HVAC system. There are a number of ways in which you can do this.

Step 1 - Measuring and Details

Measure the area of floor that you intend to be raised with the HVAC system. Take a tape measure, and calculate the amount of room the system needs, and where exactly you want it placed in your home. Make a note of these measurements in a notepad, or on a computer, so that you can refer to them easily when drawing up your plans.

Step 2 - Look at the System

Before you can begin planning the system, work out how you want to put it into place, and then how it will fit under the floors. You will need to know the details of changes in direction, different tube lengths and machine sizes, before you can work out which of the systems mechanisms you want below the floor. This is a good time to work them out closely with the assistance of a professional.

Step 3 - Plan the System

You are now ready to start planning the system. Draw out a basic outline of the floor space that you want raised. You will have to include floor fittings which will raise the boards, and support weight of people and furnishings above. You should then draw in the system, in as much detail as you can manage. You may be able to find a computer program which will help you to plan out the HVAC units onto the floor, so take advantage of anything like this.

Step 4 - Costing

The final stage of planning will always be costing. The amount of money you have to spend will affect what you can afford to place under your raised floor system, and may even affect how much of the floor you can raise. In order to cost your system, work out how much each part will be, and then times this number for the amount of each particular item you have. You should also include labor, installation costs, and running costs in your figures, as these will all affect the final result.

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