Air Conditioning Installation: Things You Should Know

With heatwaves becoming increasingly common in parts of the country where they were a rare occurrence, many homeowners are considering air conditioning system installation for the first time. If you're looking for a way to combat record-breaking temperatures in your home, you might be looking at air conditioning units for your home as well. Here's a look at some of the things you need to consider ahead of your air conditioning installation.

Install A Concrete Pad

In most cases, air conditioning condensers are installed on a concrete pad outside of your home. The unit is usually placed a foot or two away from the structure and then is directly connected to your home's air vent system to send cool air throughout the house. The concrete pad is important because it minimizes the risk of pest issues with the condenser unit.

Additionally, the pad provides a strong, stable foundation for the unit. When placed directly on the ground, the vibrations of the condenser can actually reverberate through the ground and cause odd sounds that may be disturbing in your home. Additionally, that vibration can eventually cause damage to the unit. Concrete pads help to dampen both, making them a valuable addition.

Consider Your Air Ducts

Another thing you need to think about is whether or not you want to have your air conditioner connected to the existing ductwork. It's usually best to use the ductwork that's already there unless those ducts are worn and damaged. 

Talk with your air conditioning installation technician about the condition of the ductwork and plan for any replacements or repairs that might need to be done during the installation process. This ensures adequate airflow without air loss along the way due to damaged air ducts.

Assess Your Size Needs

The size of your new air conditioner is an important factor in how efficient and effective the system will be. Bigger isn't necessarily better, though. If you install a unit that's too large for your home, you could end up with a unit that short cycles and could suffer premature wear. 

Your air conditioning installation technician can evaluate the square footage, floorplan, and airflow through your home to help you choose the right air conditioner for the space. Rely on the professional opinion of your HVAC technician to ensure that you get the right size of unit.

These are some of the important considerations for first-time air conditioning installations. Talk with your technician today for more help.