Air Conditioning Installation Tips
An air conditioner is an essential tool in keeping a household healthy and comfortable. It helps to circulate the air, reduces humidity and, of course, keeps the interior at a desirable temperature. A modern A/C unit can last anywhere from 10 – 20 years, so it is imperative that you research the best model on the market for your needs.
If you are contemplating buying a new air conditioner, either replacing an older model or perhaps getting one for a new build, we have a simple check list for you to consider:
- Find a professional installer. It’s important that you find the best company for the job. After you have decided upon two or three different contractors, have them offer a quote. Make sure that they give you the make and model of the unit in their quote in order to research the quality and price.
- Whether you are replacing or installing a new AC, there are two different ways to proceed. You can have the contractor provide both the unit and installation, or you can purchase a unit wholesale and pay a contractor to install it. The later might save you some money, but you will need to pay a contractor for installation.
- Finding the right size unit is essential. If the air conditioner is too small it won’t be able to cool your home entirely, and if it’s too big it will cycle on and off frequently (wasting energy). Your contractor will want to come to your home and perform a load calculation. A load calculation takes into account a number of variables including the size of the house, climate zone, directional orientation and more. This will help in determining the proper size of the unit your home will need.
- When looking at air conditioning units, keep in mind that their efficiency is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The government requires that all A/C units have a minimum SEER rating of 13. A rating of 14 to 22 is an energy-efficient classification and you will want to search for a model that is on the higher end of that scale.
- A high-efficiency unit will cost more, but it will be worth the initial investment as it will pay you back in the long run with substantial energy savings. Always look for the Energy Star label when shopping for a new unit as it certifies the most efficient models on the market.
- After installation, you will also want to speak to the contractor about yearly maintenance. You will want to make sure that you keep it running at peak performance – and failure to follow a maintenance schedule might void the warranty. Your contractor might be able to help you choose a maintenance contract, which will also help keep repairs at a minimum.
When shopping for a new air conditioner, remember to start with Pacific Air Systems. We offer quality HVAC equipment brands and have affordable maintenance plans to keep your investment at peak performance. Call us today at 253-292-3995 and we’ll schedule the first steps!