3 Things To Verify Before Installing A New AC System

Posted on: 4 October 2021

If you are like thousands of homeowners across the country, you rely heavily on your air conditioner to get you through the hot summer months. An AC system that is getting older or starting to break down can become more of a burden than an asset.

Fall is the perfect time to install a new air conditioner. You can avoid the long wait times and higher service prices associated with AC work during the spring and summer by replacing your air conditioner now.

In order to ensure that the installation process goes smoothly, there are three important pieces of information that you will want to verify before you schedule the installation of a new AC system for your home.

1. Energy Efficiency

Cooling your home requires energy. Modern AC systems are designed to use varying amounts of energy when producing cold air. You will want to take the time to verify the energy efficiency of each model that you are considering before you purchase a new AC system for your home.

To effectively compare the energy efficiency of the air conditioners available to you, you will need to understand EER measurements. EER, or energy efficiency ratio, is a measurement that indicates the energy performance rating for air conditioners.

EER is calculated by dividing the capacity of an air conditioner (measured in BTUs) by the amount of power used by the air conditioner (measured in watts). The higher the EER number, the more efficiently the air conditioner will be able to cool your home.

Before you invest in a new AC unit, be sure that you take the time to check the specifications sheet for the EER rating, or calculate the rating yourself if one is not listed.

2. Available Warranties

You don't expect a new air conditioner to malfunction, but it is possible for new AC systems to experience performance issues after installation. Repairing any problems that may arise with your new AC system can be costly. This is why it's important that you take the time to verify any warranties that will help offset repair or replacement costs in the future.

Typical air conditioner units will come with two types of warranties. The first is a warranty offered by the manufacturer of the AC unit. This warranty covers any mechanical malfunctions caused by faulty parts or manufacturing errors.

The second type of warranty is a work warranty offered by the HVAC professional who installs an AC system. A work warranty offers coverage for any performance issues that are caused by improper installation techniques.

Having a warranty on your new AC system will protect you against the financial ramifications of a cooling system breakdown.

3. Air Duct Condition

The condition of your air ducts will play a significant role in determining how well your newly installed AC system performs over time. Before you schedule the installation of a new AC unit, take the time to schedule an inspection of your home's air ducts.

Damaged, loose, or disconnected air ducts allow the cool air produced by your AC system to leak out into your home's building envelope instead of being delivered directly to your indoor living space.

This air loss results in a higher demand being placed on the AC unit to achieve the desired temperature. Poor air ducts can not only increase your monthly energy costs but also cause your new AC system to fail prematurely.

Take the time to have your ducts inspected and repaired so that your new AC unit will be able to perform at full capacity in the future.

Spending time verifying vital factors before you install a new AC system will help your cooling system run more effectively over time. Contact a company that offers AC installation services to learn more.


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