How to Prepare Your Birmingham Home for Air Conditioning Installation

May 07, 2015

So you’ve realized it’s time to upgrade your existing air conditioning system to a more energy efficient system. Congratulations! You’re making a long-term investment in your family’s comfort as well as the reduction of your utility bills and responsible consumption of energy. While those are all great things there are still a number of things you can do to ready your Birmingham home before you get going with the air conditioning installation process.

1. Review the Manual J Heating and Cooling Load

First of all, the AC contractor should have completed what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation. This complex calculation takes into account the home’s structure, roof, windows, direction and location to determine the size and type of equipment needed. Ask to see the load calculation and have it explained to you. If the contractor did what’s referred to as a Block Assessment, or did not perform a load calculation at all, we would strongly recommend finding another contractor or calling Norrell Service Experts at . Your Birmingham HVAC specialist will be able to offer you a full assessment.

2. Clean and Seal Ducts.

Next, have the company clean your ductwork. It’s not smart to introduce caked on dirt and dust from a decades old duct system to your brand new air conditioning system. The health of your complete system and the quality of the air you breathe begins 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 complete a duct cleaning in advance of 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 ensure it is easy to access. There are stairs, landscaping porches, decks or other objects surrounding the AC, clear the area as much as you can. Make sure the area is clear of yard waste like big sticks and leaf piles so installation is even simpler. Also make sure to clear away any obstructions that could get in your installation professional’s way such as garden hoses, rakes, or children’s toys. Make sure pets are confined 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 pros at Norrell Service Experts in Birmingham at or schedule an appointment online for a free home comfort analysis and system upgrade estimate.

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