So you’ve realized it’s time to upgrade your existing air conditioning system to a more energy efficient system. Good thinking! You’re investing in your family’s comfort as well as the decreasing of your energy costs and responsible consumption of energy. While those are all great things there are still a couple other things you can do to prepare your West Palm Beach home before you start the air conditioning installation process.
1. Review the Manual J Heating and Cooling Load
First of all, the AC contractor should have completed what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation. This intricate calculation takes into account the home’s structure, roof, windows, direction and location to identify the size and type of equipment needed. Ask to see the load calculation and have it explained to you. If the contractor did what’s referred to as a Block Assessment, or did not do a load calculation at all, we would strongly recommend finding another contractor or calling Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 561-629-1826. Your West Palm Beach HVAC professional will be able to provide you a full assessment.
2. Clean and Seal Ducts.
Next, have the company clean your ductwork. It’s not a good idea to introduce caked on dirt and dust from a crotchety old duct system to your brand new air conditioning system. The health of your whole system and the quality of the air you breathe starts with your ducts providing clean air, so make sure that they are cleaned and appropriately sealed by the HVAC contractor. If you can’t remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned or have never had them cleaned, have the contractor perform a duct cleaning in advance of your new AC installation.
3. Clear a Path.
Prior to the air conditioner installation you will also want to clear the area where equipment will be installed, and ensure it is easy to access. There are stairs, landscaping porches, decks or other items near the AC, clear the area as best as you can. Make sure the area is clear of yard waste like big sticks and leaf piles so installation is even more stress-free. Also make sure to clear away anything else that could get in your installation professional’s way such as garden hoses, rakes, or children’s toys. Make sure pets are confined so they do not get in the way of the installation crew.
Think you’re ready to move forward with the air conditioning installation process? Call the experts at Service Experts in West Palm Beach at 561-629-1826 or schedule an appointment online for a free home comfort analysis and system upgrade estimate.