Your New Air Conditioning Unit: 10 Ways To Make Sure Everything Goes Smoothly, From Installation To Everyday Use

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When you hire an HVAC professional to install a new air conditioner for you, it's a big deal. Not only is it a significant expense for most homeowners, but air conditioning installation should be the start of some major comfort changes around the house. Make sure it goes well from the moment the HVAC crew arrives to the first time you test your new A/C on the warmest of days.

1. Hire A Licensed And Insured HVAC Professional

Even if you could have the job done for much less money by hiring your uncle's neighbor or some other unofficial "handyman," you're not doing yourself any favors in the long run. Because this is a major operation for your home to undergo, you need to make sure it's done by a qualified professional. Also, an HVAC contractor will have liability insurance, which would come in very handy if some part of your home were damaged in the installation process. Save yourself the worry and headaches of hiring a jack-of-all-trades acquaintance by contracting with a trust-worthy, certified pro.

2. Insist On A Protective Warranty

Warranties seem to often follow Murphy's Law, where they expire the day before the product breaks down. Understand the warranty you're being offered and see that it protects you and your home.

3. Don't Buy Too Big

Some homeowners make the mistake of going too large with an air conditioner, believing it will work faster to cool down the house, but this isn't usually the case. The unit should be appropriate for the size of the home to avoid cycling too quickly, which can lead to premature maintenance issues, among other complications. A huge A/C also won't reduce humidity or cool the home evenly, as you might expect, giving you even fewer reasons to super-size.

4. Place The Unit In The Optimum Indoor Position

Another common misconception for homeowners is that their new cooling appliance should be placed in the warmest area of the home, but this is counterproductive. An air conditioner working in strong, direct sunlight will have to work harder than it's likely designed for, meaning it's better off in a neutral temperature location.

5. Have Convenient Access To The Outdoor Unit

Whether you have prized rose bushes surrounding your home or perfectly trimmed hedges, you're going to need access to the A/C, so don't think it can be disguised with landscaping or hidden behind anything. If possible, ask your HVAC contractor about placing the outdoor section in the backyard or some other inconspicuous area, but wherever it goes, there must be a clear and uninhibited path to it.

6. Pair Fans To Work With Your Air Conditioner

Even with a powerful new system, your home will still benefit from having a few ceiling fans. See that they are pushing air down towards the floor and the effect should be very cooling.

7. Plan A Maintenance Schedule

No matter how beautifully your new A/C works, it should be maintained regularly. Filters should be cleaned and replaced as needed, to keep the system operating efficiently. The evaporator coil, window seals, and other important components need to be inspected either by you or your HVAC contractor.

8. Opt For A Programmable Thermostat

Rather than pumping up the thermostat when you feel the need, a programmable type will work far more effectively with less wear-and-tear on the individual parts. Set a temp everyone agrees on and let the machine do the rest.

9. Keep Heating Elements Away From Your Thermostat

To avoid false readings from your thermostat, make sure there are no other elements that could cause the temp to rise, such as a lamp or other electrical appliance. If something sits too close, it's going to register a higher temperature than the house actually is, causing your air conditioner to work overtime.

10. Avoid Closing Vents Or Rooms Unless Your HVAC Pro Says It's Okay

It may sound logical to close off an unused room and the subsequent A/C vents, but doing so may create inefficiencies within your new system. Ask your HVAC pro about cutting off cooling to certain areas of the home that aren't in use, to enjoy the maximum benefits of the unit without compromise.

Getting a new air conditioning unit installed in your home is a very big deal. With the right HVAC crew and a few simple rules to follow, you should be highly satisfied and very comfortable with your new A/C for a long time to come.

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