So you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade your existing air conditioning system to a more energy efficient system. Congratulations! You’re making a long-term investment in your family’s comfort as well as the decreasing of your utility bills and responsible consumption of energy. While those are all great things there are still a few more things you can do to prepare your Hillsborough 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 involved 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 broken down for you. If the contractor did what’s known as a Block Assessment, or did not perform a load calculation at all, we would strongly recommend finding another contractor or calling Fras-Air/General Service Experts at 908-448-2154. Your Hillsborough 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 decades old duct system to your brand new air conditioning system. The health of your complete system and the quality of the air you breathe begins with your ducts providing clean air, so make sure that they are cleaned and properly 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 do a duct cleaning prior to 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 make certain it is easy to access. There are stairs, landscaping porches, decks or other items surrounding the AC, clear the area as much as you can. Make sure the area is clear of yard waste like big sticks and leaf piles so installation is even simpler. Also make sure to clear away any other objects that could get in your installation expert’s way such as garden hoses, rakes, or children’s toys. Make sure pets are caged 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 team at Fras-Air/General in Hillsborough at 908-448-2154 or schedule an appointment online for a free home comfort analysis and system upgrade estimate.