So you’ve recognized that it’s time to upgrade your existing air conditioning system to a more energy efficient system. Good thinking! You’re buying in to your family’s comfort as well as the reduction of your energy bills and responsible consumption of energy. While those are all great things there are still a number of things you can do to prep your Albany home before you begin the air conditioning installation process.
1. Review the Manual J Heating and Cooling Load
First of all, the AC contractor should have done what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation. This intricate calculation takes into account the home’s structure, roof, windows, direction and location to decide the size and type of equipment needed. Ask to see the load calculation and have it spelled out for you. If the contractor did what’s known as a Block Assessment, or did not complete a load calculation at all, we would strongly recommend finding another contractor or calling D.A. Bennett Service Experts at 518-205-3324. Your Albany HVAC expert will be able to offer you a full assessment.
2. Clean and Seal Ducts.
Next, have the company clean your ductwork. It’s not recommended to introduce caked on dirt and dust from a very old duct system to your brand new air conditioning system. The health of your entire system and the quality of the air you breathe starts with your ducts providing clean air, so make sure that they are cleaned and appropriately sealed by the HVAC contractor. If you can’t remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned or have never had them cleaned, have the contractor do a duct cleaning prior to your new AC installation.
3. Clear a Path.
Prior to the air conditioner installation you will also want to clear the area where equipment will be installed, and make certain it is easy to access. There are stairs, landscaping porches, decks or other items surrounding the AC, clear the area as much as you can. Ensure the area is clear of yard waste like big sticks and leaf piles so installation is even easier. Also make sure to clear away anything else that could get in your installation professional’s way such as garden hoses, rakes, or children’s toys. Make sure pets are caged so they do not get in the way of the installation crew.
Think you’re ready to move forward with the air conditioning installation process? Call the experts at D.A. Bennett in Albany at 518-205-3324 or schedule an appointment online for a free home comfort analysis and system upgrade estimate.