Is it time to get a new air conditioner installed in your home? You may be building a new home or upgrading the HVAC in your existing home. In either case, it is important for you to understand the necessary steps to ensure you have a professional installtion. Knowing what your contractor is going to be doing during your install will help you understand how your system works and what you need to do to maintain your new air conditioner.
Correctly Installing Your Air Conditioning System
In order for your new HVAC to work properly, the following steps are necessary:
- Size the system properly. The contractor should use the Manual J calculations developed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Manual J lays out how to calculate the proper size of the new unit based on the home’s square footage and layout.
- Install new ductwork or seal and insulate the old. If you have old ductwork, you may need partial replacement when you upgrade the A/C. If your ductwork is relatively new, the contractor should inspect it, make any repairs necessary, then seal and insulate it. This will keep the cool air inside the ductwork and prevent leaking into the attic or crawl space.
- Adjust airflow to ensure all rooms are getting adequate cooling. The air conditioner’s manufacturer provides airflow specifications. The contractor should choose the appropriate specs based on the house size and configuration. Then, he should test each room for adequate airflow.
- Verify refrigerant levels are within manufacturer’s specification. Before turning the system on for the first time, the HVAC contractor should verify that the refrigerant is fully charged. If it’s below recommended levels, the air conditioner won’t cool properly and it will drive up cooling costs.
If the HVAC Isn’t Installed Properly…
You’ll likely see the following problems if you don’t have a quality installation.
- Higher energy costs
- Higher repair costs and quicker system replacement
- Less comfortable home
Learn more about Hollub Inc.s’ professional air conditioner installation, or call us today at (312) 829-8000.