The AC unit you choose and have installed in your home will be essential for keeping your household comfortable during the summer months. That's why it's so important to choose your unit and plan for your AC installation carefully.
The following are six things that you should be aware of when it comes to the installation of your AC unit.
1. The location you choose to have your AC unit installed in is important
There are numerous factors to take into account when it comes to deciding where to have your AC unit installed. You need to consider sunlight. You should not locate your AC unit in direct sunlight.
You should also install your AC unit in a location where it will be protected from the elements and against possible impact damage.
2. You need to have an AC unit installed with the right BTU rating for the size of your home
The BTU rating of an AC unit determines how much it can heat. If you have a home located in a cold geographic area, you'll want a higher BTU rating for your AC unit. You'll also want a higher BTU rating if your home is large and has a high square footage.
Consult with your HVAC contractor before installation to figure out which BTU rating is appropriate for your needs.
3. You should make sure you have warranty coverage on the AC unit you have installed
It's important to be aware of what kind of warranty coverage you're getting on an AC unit before you have it installed.
AC manufacturers typically offer a warranty of at least five years. However, it's a good idea to invest in an extended warranty. You should at least have ten years of warranty coverage on the AC unit you have installed.
4. You need to start a maintenance regime immediately after installation
An AC unit will need to be properly maintained to stay in the best possible shape. Changing the air filter on your unit is one of the most important maintenance tasks. You should also schedule service periodically so that your AC unit can be inspected and have any other needed maintenance performed.
5. It's most efficient and convenient to also install a programmable thermostat
When you have your AC unit installed, you should also make sure to have a programmable thermostat installed. A programmable thermostat will make it possible to set changes to your AC settings in advance or adjust the interior temperature of your home remotely.
6. Your AC unit will be impacted by the condition of your ducts
You should make sure that your ducts are in good condition when you have a new AC unit installed. Your ducts need to channel conditioned air throughout your home.
If there are air leaks or clogs within you ducts, your new AC unit will have to work harder to condition interior air. This could lead to premature wear and tear on your new AC unit. Have your ducts serviced when necessary before you start using your new AC unit to maximize the lifespan of your AC equipment.
For more information, contact a local AC installation service.