So you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade your existing air conditioning system to a more energy efficient system. Great choice! You’re making a long-term investment in your family’s comfort as well as the savings on 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 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 perform a load calculation at all, we would strongly recommend finding another contractor or calling Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023. 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 a good idea to introduce caked on dirt and dust from a decades 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 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 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 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 experts at Norrell in Birmingham at 205-267-0023 or schedule an appointment online for a free home comfort analysis and system upgrade estimate.