Getting an air conditioning installation may seem pretty straightforward. You choose your unit, you call a technician, you get it installed. Simple enough. However, the common misconception around this process is that there’s no preparation needed on the homeowner’s part. After all, the contractor takes care of everything.
However, if you want a smooth, almost seamless installation process? You’re going to have to put in a little effort as well.
Before you sign up for an air conditioning installation, here’s what you should do to prepare.
Know and Understand Your Air Conditioning System
Air conditioning units aren’t really a one-size-fits-all situation. There are actually different types of air conditioning systems—3, in fact—with their own unique set of characteristics. If you want to select the best option for your home, understanding how each one works and what they can offer you is crucial.
- Traditional Split System—arguably the most popular choice, a split system air conditioner is comprised of an indoor and an outdoor unit that deliver cold air via the ducts. However, they function as a single, closed system
- Ductless Mini-Split System—similar to the split system, the ductless mini-split has an outdoor unit. However, it uses individual blowers inside the home rather than ductwork—hence the name—to deliver cool air
- Geothermal System—perhaps the most eco-friendly option, a geothermal system uses an in-ground loop to utilize the steady temperature of the earth to cool and heat the house. It extracts heat during winter and deposits it into the house. During summer, it does the opposite.
Know Your Contractor
You want to make sure you’re working with the right contractor. That means doing a fair amount of research—and legwork—to find the best one for your situation. Recommendations are always a good place to start, but you need to factor a couple other variables as well. Location, for instance. How far away are they situation from your house? How fast can they get to you? Will the distance be a problem when scheduling you in? Experience is another variable—how many years have they been in the industry, and how long have their technicians been working with them?
You should also think about cost versus quality, reputation, reviews, and tools and technology. These are just some factors to consider when finding the best contractor for your air conditioning installation.
Clean and Seal Your Ducts
Your old duct needs to be cleaned and aired out before the new system is installed. Dirt and dust particles that have accumulated in the vents can damage your new air conditioning unit once they get in. They can also negatively affect the air quality and air circulation.
If you’re not a hundred percent sold on your cleaning job, you can always request your contractor to do a follow-up; some companies offer duct cleaning as an additional service.
Check Your Space
Before the unit actually gets to your house, make sure you have ample enough space in the chosen room—or rooms—to hold the unit. If there’s already an existing space where your previous unit was, make sure your new unit matches the measurements. If not, make sure the space is adjusted accordingly.
Clear The Way
Before your contractor arrives and begins the air conditioning installation, clear a path from the entrance all the way to the selected installation area. Don’t hesitate to move side tables, chairs, vases, slippery rugs, toys, couches, and other objects from their initial positions, especially if they’re blocking the straightest, shortest path to the room.
Keeping furniture, decorations, and paraphernalia out of the way can minimize potential property damage or accidents. It’ll also make it much easier for the technician (or technicians) to lug the unit and related tools to and from their van.