While most of the work of installing a brand-new air conditioner in your home is up to your technicians and contractors, there are some things you can do to get ahead. By learning about your new air conditioner, planning ahead for future maintenance, and making sure you've got the perfect unit, you can save yourself plenty of time, money, and work from the moment you turn your new air conditioner on.
Have Your Ducts Inspected
Newer air conditioners are constantly improving and becoming more energy-efficient, but they can only be as efficient as the ducts allow. That is, if your ducts are leaking air from old age or damage, you won't see much of a difference even with an entirely new air conditioner. While you're having a new air conditioner installed is the perfect time to have them inspected.
Inspections aren't just good for checking for leaks, though. Inspections can also help you see if you need your ducts cleaned, which can sometimes be necessary if you've been experiencing any allergy symptoms that can come from dirty ducts or if you've had any pest infestations, which can pose health risks.
There are multiple benefits to having your ducts inspected, so contact your technician to see about having this done in time for your new air conditioner.
Verify the Size and Product
Having an air conditioner installed can be a long and complex process, so before the work starts, it's a good idea to verify a few things.
First, make sure that you're having the correct air conditioner installed. Check your receipt and order records to verify that you received the right air conditioner. Mistakes can happen, and a quick double-check can save you hours of correcting a mistake later.
Second, if you bought the air conditioner without an in-home consultation from a technician, verify that you bought the right size air conditioner before proceeding. An air conditioner meant for a bigger home will cycle on and off more quickly than it should in a small place, and one meant for a smaller home will run continuously to serve a large property. These can both cause long-term damage to your air conditioner, so take a moment to verify that you have the right size. If you need help, you can get the size you need based on the square footage of your home by using a calculator.
Get to Know Your System
Before your air conditioner is installed, you should already know what specific model you're getting, and there are a few ways you can use this to your advantage and get a head start.
First, take some time to look over the manual for your air conditioner. If you don't have it already, you may be able to find one online by looking up the specific model. This can include helpful information on troubleshooting steps, what's necessary for maintenance, and how it may differ from an older air conditioner.
Second, learn what parts your air conditioner system needs so you can start stocking up on the basics. Good things to keep on hand are batteries for your thermostat, air filters for regular maintenance, and fuses, which can cause you a lot of trouble if they fail but can be easily replaced
Third, with the new information you have, make a list of any questions you have for your technician on the day of the installation. If it helps, ask them to demonstrate how to use the air conditioner, especially if you're using a brand-new thermostat.
For more information, contact a company that offers AC installation services.