Now that the weather is cool, it is time to get your home ready for another hot summer. Therefore, it may be time to have a new AC installed in your home. When installing a new air conditioner, you will probably want to be prepared. The following air conditioning installation information will ensure you are ready for summer heatwaves:
Determining the Size of the AC
The size of your AC is important, which is determined by the tonnage. Therefore, you want to make sure you have the right size system installed for the cooling needs of your home. The options for the size of the AC include:
- 2-ton unit for small cabin-sized home
- 2.5-to-3 ton unit for the average-sized home
- 3 ton unit for a larger custom luxury home
The more tonnage the AC is rated for, the more space it will be able to cool. If you are planning on future remodeling or home addition projects, use a larger system. This will ensure you do not need to replace the system again in the near future.
Evaluating Existing HVAC Equipment
When installing a new AC, the old system is going to need to be removed. Sometimes, there is existing equipment that can be used with the new system. Materials from the old system that can be reused include:
- Electrical main switch and wiring
- Ducts that are in good condition
- Condensation drain lines and pans
The old materials that are still in good condition can save you money on your AC installation project. Ask the AC contractor about reusing some of these materials during the installation.
Integrating Alternative Cooling Systems
The AC you have installed in your home can also have alternative cooling solutions. Different types of cooling solutions that can be installed in your home include:
- Radiant cooling systems
- Evaporative coolers with AC units
- Heat pump AC systems
The alternative cooling systems that can be installed in your home can help save energy. These systems can sometimes be combined with conventional AC systems for a more efficient cooling solution for the summer weather.
Installing the AC with Energy Improvements
The final phase of your AC installation is to install the unit and other equipment. There are also energy improvements that can be done during the AC installation, including:
- Upgrading HVAC thermostat controls
- Reducing duct lengths
- Replacing ductwork insulation
- Stopping air leaks in your home
The energy improvements that you have done during your AC installation will reduce your summer energy costs.
The right type of cooling system is important to give your home efficient comfort. Contact an air conditioning installation service, like Bowen Refrigeration, and talk to them about these solutions.