AC Installation Tips: Avoiding Common Setup Mistakes and Inefficiencies


Proper installation of an air conditioning system requires knowledge and experience. Therefore, if you would like to replace your old and inefficient AC unit, you should choose an HVAC contractor for the process. The professional will ensure that your chosen system is installed correctly, according to the manufacturer's specifications. Their expertise in setup will minimise the risk of malfunctions and promote efficiency. If you are planning on installing your AC as a DIY project, use the tips below to avoid common mistakes which cause inefficiency.

Check for Coolant Leaks

When installing your air conditioner, you should ensure that there is no coolant leak or damage to the hoses conveying this fluid. Often, these types of leaks are not discovered in time, and the losses incurred can be quite high. In general, if the refrigerant level reduces, your AC will require more electrical energy for cooling. This will translate into high energy bills. Also, it is important to remember that coolant leakage can be dangerous because the gas can be toxic.

Insulate the Ductwork

Improper insulation of the ducts handling the air can cause a lot of inefficiencies down the line. In simple terms, if you have a ducted system but the tubes can conduct heat, the released air will not be as cool as expected. As a result, your system will have to compensate for the higher temperature by working harder. This issue will not only increase your electrical bill. It will also cause fast deterioration of the air conditioning components.

Place Your Thermostat Correctly

The thermostat is an important part of an air conditioner. It is designed to monitor the temperature of the room and indicate whether the AC should keep cooling the space. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of your thermostat is affected by the immediate ambient conditions. Therefore, if you do not place the component in an ideal position, there will be inefficiencies. For instance, if the thermostat is close to a bulb or an appliance which emits heat, the AC will keep working even when the room temperature is ideal. This can lead to higher bills and system deterioration.

Reduce Indoor Pollution

Finally, you should think about reducing indoor pollution. If there are a lot of pollutants in your home, your AC's performance will be affected. The decline in performance can be attributed to the clogging of filters and other components by contaminants such as fur, mildew and pollen. You should consider eliminating the source of pollution or installing air purifiers around your house. 

Call an air conditioning installation professional for more information or assistance with your air conditioning unit.


8 February 2019

Heating and Cooling Your Home: A Guide

Howdy! I'm Hank and I am writing this blog so I can give you the lowdown on the cheapest and most effective ways you can heat or cool your home. I'm not a trained HVAC contractor but my brother is. Last year, I called up my brother and asked him to drive over and install a new HVAC system in my property. The old system wasn't cooling or warming my house and it was making a strange noise. During the installation, my brother gave me lots of great advice and explained exactly what he was doing at each step. I hope you find this information useful.