Having an air conditioner installed after going without is a great feeling. You know that you and your family get to enjoy the rest of your summer, and many summers to come, in comfortable coolness. There are a few things you should do before the air conditioner is installed, however, in order to make the installation more efficient and begin enjoying your AC as soon as possible. Here are three easy tips for prepping your home for AC installation:
Set Up a Consultation First
It's important to have a consultation with the HVAC company at your home before you order your new air conditioning system. They will be able to help you decide on the perfect size AC unit for your home, since a unit that is larger than you need can be quite wasteful and one that is too small won't be able to cool your home thoroughly. The HVAC representative will also help locate the perfect location for the outdoor AC unit. This should be in a shady area that is clear of trees and debris.
Have Your Ductwork Professionally Cleaned
Even a brand new air conditioner will work less efficiently than it should and send dirty air into your home if your ductwork hasn't been cleaned lately. Ductwork cleaning will remove dust, pet hair, and debris to make it easier for your air conditioner to work well, and improve your air quality at the same time. While your ductwork is being cleaned, the HVAC professionals will also identify any leaks and seal them for you in order to further improve your new AC's efficiency.
Plan Ahead for Installation Day
Installation of an air conditioning system can take several hours, or even a few days. Ask your HVAC company for an estimate of how long the installation will take so that you can arrange to be home during it. You will also want to make sure small children and pets are safe and contained inside the house, since the AC tech will likely be going in and out of any gates to your yard as well as in and out of the home. Finally, be sure there is a clear and easy path between the driveway and the location of the AC unit, so that your tech can safely navigate.
By following these tips, you will be able to make the most of your upcoming air conditioning installation.