AC Services | The 4-Step Process the Pros Will Take for a Proper A/C Installation
If you’re planning to replace your home’s cooling equipment to save energy and increase comfort, keep in mind that proper A/C installation is just as important as the new unit’s efficiency rating.
The A/C Installation Process
Correctly size the equipment – The first essential step is calculating your home’s cooling load based on Manual J from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) to properly size the new air conditioner. If a contractor doesn’t make this key calculation and instead installs oversized equipment, you’ll experience efficiency and comfort issues. Oversizing an A/C results in repeated on-off cycling that doesn’t give the equipment time to remove humidity or properly cool the home. Short-cycling also puts added strain on the system and shortens the equipment’s life span.
Inspect the ductwork – Leaky, uninsulated ducts can cause the loss up to 30 percent of the cooling output of new equipment, and this adversely affects both comfort and energy consumption. To prevent costly losses, make sure your contractor inspects the ductwork to identify and address issues that affect air distribution throughout the home. It’s also vital to have the ducting joints sealed with metal-backed tape or mastic sealant and then cover the ductwork with at least R-6 rated insulation.
Verify airflow rates – Cooling equipment manufacturers specify a range of acceptable airflow rates to ensure efficient A/C operation. If your contractor doesn’t make needed adjustments and airflow through the system isn’t adequate, your new A/C won’t cool your home as it should. Insufficient airflow over the evaporator coil also hinders crucial heat transfer and this can eventually damage key system components.
Check refrigerant levels – To ensure proper heat transfer in the condenser and evaporator, your contractor must also check the manufacturer’s guidelines on the amount of refrigerant to add when charging the system. Running the A/C with too much or too little refrigerant reduces the equipment’s cooling ability and increases its energy consumption.
To learn more about the process of proper, professional A/C installation for your Southwest Florida home, contact us today at Air Quality Control!
Air Quality Control – Heating and Air Professionals. Award Winning Quality Service with the Same Owners since 1980! Service 24/7 Standing By | 727-469-3832.