A brand new air conditioning system can provide you with greater comfort, more energy savings, and advanced features which your older unit did not have. But an improperly installed air conditioning system will not do you any good at all. Make sure your air conditioning system runs properly and efficiently for years to come by following these tips.
1. Choose a Professional
The only way to be certain that air conditioning installation goes smoothly is by calling an expert for installation. Installing an air conditioning system is not a job for the average do-it-yourselfer, who does not have the proper tools and experience to ensure everything is correct: accurate refrigerant levels, secure mounts, correct pressure, proper voltage, etc. Often, technicians are called in to fix the errors of someone with little experience, and sometimes at a higher cost than the initial installation would have been.
2. Know about Energy Efficiency Ratings
Your professional HVAC technician can help you to understand the energy efficiency rating of your new unit, but in general, there are two things to look for: the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and the ENERGY STAR label. The SEER of your new unit should be at least 14, but the most efficient air conditioners have a SEER closer to 20. The ENERGY STAR seal is a mark from the EPA that your air conditioner is efficient without sacrificing any performance. Though a more efficient unit may be more pricey at first, the saving should offset this extra cost.
3. Keep Your Technician Informed
An undersized system will not keep your home as cool as you need it, and will consume a lot of energy attempting to do so. An oversized system may short cycle and wear down quickly, which is why sizing is such a vital part of air conditioning installation. Make sure your technician takes the time to measure your home, and keep your contractor informed of your needs.
4. Get on a Maintenance Schedule
If you want to make sure that your air conditioner works properly and efficiently for years to come, you should get on a maintenance schedule as soon as your AC is installed. Enrolling in a maintenance program ensures that your air conditioning system remains effective for longer, and it can keep your monthly bills low and prevent repairs.
Call JefCo for air conditioning installation, and ask about our maintenance plans for annual maintenance and additional benefits.
Source: Air Mechanical, Inc. – 4 Tips for Quality Air Conditioning Installation