Having an air conditioner is an incredibly convenient way to stay cool and comfortable in the hot summer months. Once you have one, you will never want to go back to not having one in your space. And if you don’t have one and live somewhere where it gets quite hot, we recommend that you have one installed.
But if you don’t have a system and are looking to get one installed, there are some common AC installation mistakes you need to watch out for, and this article is going to go over a few of them.
Getting the Wrong Size
You need to take time to think and learn about air conditioning sizing when getting them installed. Different homes will need differently-sized air conditioners. If you simply go out and buy one without considering size, you could be making a major mistake. If you get one that is too big for your space, it will cost more money than you needed to spend. One that is too small for your space will have trouble keeping it cool, and may overwork itself so much that its lifespan is reduced.
Working with the Wrong Company
In order to properly install an air conditioner, you need to work with a professional company with knowledge and experience in the space. Unfortunately, not all companies are created equally. Some will do a wonderful job for a fair price, while others may charge an arm and a leg or simply not be very good at the job. Make sure to do adequate research and take time to choose to work with a company that is highly regarded.
Putting Your Thermostat in the Wrong Place
While you may not think it has an impact, where you put your thermostat is actually very important when it comes to how your air conditioner operates. Your system often works off the temperature that is recorded on your thermostat. If your thermostat is located by an open window, near the oven or freezer, or in an area that gets a lot of sun, it could be giving improper readings that don’t represent the actual temperature in your home, and make it hard to regulate how cool or wam your space should be.
Not Sealing the Ducts Properly
While the air conditioning unit is a very important part of the overall system, so are the ducts. These ducts are what will help the cool air from your air conditioner reach the different parts of your home. Unfortunately, small gaps, leaks, or holes in these ducts can allow the cool air to escape before reaching its destination. These need to be sealed as quickly and effectively as possible. Even if you have existing ductwork, you need to learn how to stop air leaks to make sure you aren’t wasting energy and money for no reason.
Putting Vents in the Incorrect Places
The vent placement in your home is something else you need to take time to consider. If you simply put them anywhere, it might not be very effective. You need to ensure vents are put in a place that won’t be blocked by furniture, walls, doors, clothing piles or anything else. Vents that are blocked will be unable to cool your home enough, and could lead to your system working harder than it needs.
Also, you want to make sure that each area of your home has enough vents and registers to ensure it can be adequately cooled. For example, putting a single vent in a large space might not be enough.
In conclusion, we hope that this article has been able to help you learn about some of the most common AC installation mistakes, and how you can go about avoiding them.