Choosing an AC unit to buy might be relatively simple, but installing one is not as simple as most people think. It is a bad idea to install an air conditioner without knowing much about it.
The risks include poor performance, disappointing output, low efficiency, and early breakages.
To avoid these problems, here are a few things you must know before you install an air conditioning unit.
1. Size Does Matter
Many people don’t understand how crucial it is to choose the correct size for your AC unit.
Undersized units will not be able to cool down the room as expected. Even if you set it to a very low temperature, the air distribution won’t be even. On the other hand, if you install an oversized unit, you may have higher operational costs. In addition, sometimes the fan will be too powerful, so it won’t be comfortable.
If you are not sure what size of AC unit you should buy, contact a professional to get your home measured. Your AC supplier might even be able to do this.
2. Regular Maintenance is Not a Waste of Money
The HVAC contractor who installs the air conditioner in your house might offer you regular maintenance every six months. Most people will decline it, thinking the company is just trying to squeeze more money out of its clients. But it is actually very important.
Regular maintenance service includes general cleaning, a tune-up, and a complete check-up.
This is all necessary to keep your unit at prime performance and to detect problems before they become too serious.
3. It is Not an Air Handler
Air conditioners work by removing the heat from the indoor air. They don’t circulate air between indoor and outdoor, which means you can still suffocate if the room doesn’t have adequate ventilation. If you need better air circulation, you can install an air handler or another artificial ventilation system.
4. It is Not an Air Purifier Either
Although they do have air filters in them, air conditioners are different from air purifiers. The filters in your AC unit have low density. They are only intended to prevent dust and debris from getting inside the machine. If you have concerns about your air quality, you may need an air purifier. Even though some AC units have better filters than others, they are still not as effective as air purifiers.
5. Proper Installation is Crucial
You can’t DIY an AC installation. Only technicians with proper certification and licenses are allowed to do it. These regulations are in place because the procedure can be hazardous if you don’t understand what you are doing. Improper installation may also cause your AC unit to operate inefficiently and break more easily.
An air conditioner is a big investment. Besides the high initial cost, it will also consume a lot more energy than any other system in your house. If you need to install an air conditioner in your home, make sure you know what you are getting into first.
ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re looking to have a new HVAC system installed, we’re on-call and ready to assist you. So if you’re in need of an HVAC installation, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an inspection! Our HVAC installation experts will check your ductwork, measure, check wire sizes, and more before making recommendations to ensure maximum efficiency and comfort. Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC installation team online by clicking here.