So you’ve recognized that 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 reduction of your energy 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 Austin 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 done 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 determine 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 referred to as a Block Assessment, or did not perform a load calculation at all, we would strongly recommend finding another contractor or calling Strand Brothers Service Experts at 512-592-3072 . Your Austin HVAC expert will be able to offer you a full assessment.
2. Clean and Seal Ducts.
Next, have the company clean your ductwork. It’s not recommended to introduce caked on dirt and dust from a decades old duct system to your brand new air conditioning system. The health of your entire system and the quality of the air you breathe starts with your ducts giving you 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 complete a duct cleaning before 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 sure it is easy to access. There are stairs, landscaping porches, decks or other items near the AC, clear the area as well as you can. Make sure the area is clear of yard waste like big sticks and leaf piles so installation is even easier. Also make sure to clear away any obstructions that could get in your installation pro’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 pros at Strand Brothers in Austin at 512-592-3072 or schedule an appointment online for a free home comfort analysis and system upgrade estimate.