As durable as air conditioning systems are, there comes a time when it's necessary to install a new unit. For example, older homes that have an aging system may be due for an upgrade. You may also be in the process of building a new home and require a unit that will bring comfort and efficiency when the weather gets hot.
Regardless of your reason, installing a new air conditioning unit will typically require a series of steps that most homeowners follow. It starts with selecting the most appropriate unit for your home and then working through installation details. Here are those steps explained in more detail.
1. Determine which brand to use
One of the most important decisions you'll have to make is selecting the most appropriate brand for your air conditioning system. While there are numerous AC manufacturers out there, few meet all the requirements that homeowners need in an AC unit. Look for brands that are recommended by HVAC contractors, have a proven lifespan, and offer extended warranties.
Indeed, companies that stand behind their products don't shy away from offering warranties that last much longer than one year. Extended warranties offer you peace of mind that you'll find the product useful or else you can seek repairs or replacement.
2. Choose a unit of appropriate size
Many factors go into selecting a unit of the right size. Keep in mind that if you choose an undersized unit, it may become overworked and rake up your utility bills. On the other hand, an oversized unit will cost you more than necessary and require additional maintenance costs. Choosing an AC of the right size will involve the following considerations:
• The size of your home • Insulation of windows, floors, and walls • Weather conditions in your area • Placement of rooms and vents
Because working through all these factors can be complicated, it makes sense to involve an HVAC contractor when determining the best-sized unit for your premises. An experienced contractor can help you work through important details such as humidity index, air quality, and heat gain in your home. These additional factors can help you choose between a good and an excellent unit.
3. Select essential features
In addition to size, current technologies give you additional options when cooling the home. Consider installing a unit that has a smart thermostat. Such units can be controlled from a phone or tablet, giving you more options when managing the internal environment during hot summer days. A larger fan and efficient air filters are also critical components that boost the efficiency of your unit.
To learn more about air conditioning, feel free to reach out to HVAC specialists.