Tips For Preparing For An AC Installation

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Tips For Preparing For An AC Installation

Tips For Preparing For An AC Installation

19 March 2018
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If you have recently hired a professional to install a central air conditioning system, then you may be excited about the prospect of having a cool home in the summer. While the installation itself can be handled by the professionals, you want to make sure that you are doing certain things inside your home to ensure the proper function of the system. Keep reading to learn about some things you should take care of.

Ensure Proper Thermostat Placement

If the central air conditioning system is a new system for your home, then you may need your AC professional to hook up some thermostats for you. When choosing the location of the thermostats, you want to make sure that the devices are reading the ambient temperature in your home. 

This means securing thermostats in areas where cold air blasts are unlikely to disrupt ambient temperature readings. In other words, you do not want your thermostat in an area where vents will force air directly at the thermostat itself. Placing thermostats at least five or six feet, both vertically and horizontally, away from vents is a good idea. 

If you already have a heating system, installed vents, and thermostats that are relatively close to the vents, then you may want to invest in vent deflectors so cold air is released and angled away from thermostats. Most deflectors are simple plastic devices that can be snapped directly onto the vent.

Remove Water From Your Basement

One part of the AC system is installed outside the home, and the other is part is installed indoors. The indoor unit will typically sit in the basement and air will be pulled into the device through an exhaust. Although the air will be pulled in from outside, the cooling coils will be exposed to the environment in the basement. 

If this environment is wet, then condensation will build on the cooling coil. This can interfere with the ability of the coil to cool air, and water will also gather in the AC drain. An abundance of water in the drain can lead to mold buildup. 

If you know that your basement is damp, then you should try to control the moisture issue. Setting a dehumidifier in the space can help with this. You also may want to look for leaks in the slab of your basement as well as any small holes in your plumbing system.

To learn more about the things you should do to prepare for an air conditioning installation, speak with a company like Scott Guerin Heating & Cooling.

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I used to routinely get calls from HVAC contractors in my area offering annual maintenance contracts. As soon they would identify themselves, I would quickly say no thank you and hang up. After all, my heating and cooling system was working fine. Why would I spend money on services I clearly didn't need? Boy was I wrong! A few years ago, my AC unit suddenly stopped working. I called my HVAC contractor to have it repaired and assumed that my warranty would pick up the bill. That was until I learned my warranty was voided due to a lack of maintenance. Out of nowhere, my decision to ignore those maintenance calls was about to cost me more than a $1,000. I know there are others out there like me. It is my hope that this site will provide them with the knowledge they need to avoid the mistakes I made.