4 Key Factors To Consider for a Successful AC Installation
Was your current air conditioner installed correctly? That may seem like an odd question. The AC is running, so it must have been installed correctly. That may or may not be true. A successful AC installation involves more than just getting the equipment to work.
Here are four factors that should be considered in a successful air conditioner installation.
1. AC Sizing
The AC system must be properly sized for your home. A quality installation will take into consideration the size of your home and its configuration to determine the size system you need.
If the AC is too large, it will cycle on and off quickly, which will prevent the system from dehumidifying the air. If the system is too small, it will run constantly, driving up your energy costs.
2. Ductwork Efficiency
Old ductwork can leak 20% or more of your cool air into the attic or crawl space. Addressing the ductwork is essential for a quality air conditioning installation. One option is to replace it completely. Another is to make any repairs necessary, seal the entire system, and insulate it.
3. Balanced Airflow
The AC needs to move a certain amount of air to keep your home cool. The AC manufacturer specifies appropriate airflow rates for particular situations. In a quality installation, the HVAC contractor will adjust the airflow according to those specifications and verify that it’s working properly.
4. Refrigerant Charge
The manufacturer also specifies how much refrigerant the system needs to run efficiently. The HVAC contractor should check the refrigerant levels before turning the system on for the first time. If the refrigerant level is too low, the system won’t cool properly and will drive up your energy costs.
If you suspect your AC installation was not done correctly, or if you need a new AC, call the HVAC professionals.