Adverse environmental changes today have led to unpredictable climatic temperatures. With such uninviting outside environment, many people rather chose to stay at home as much as possible. But what if the indoor settings, in terms of temperature, are not comfortable? A solution to that is by having a central air conditioning system. Then again there are some factors to consider for this system to put out optimal results.
Prior to installing the system, you have important tasks to accomplish such as:
Structure survey – you have to be familiarized with the size, square footage and number of rooms in your home. These details are the main considerations to determine the appropriate size and load capacity of the central air conditioning unit you will get.
Load or Manual J calculation – an efficient way to get proper calculation is to seek assistance from a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) expert. The computation would be based on the size specs of your home and the total amount of insulation present all over the house.
Choosing the contractor – be very particular in checking the license and other credentials of this professional service provider. Review his portfolio and if possible at all, try to contact his previous clients. Pick their mind so you would know what to expect of this contractor’s service. It would be best to get referrals from your local health department or other concerned agencies, friends and family.
Choosing the central air conditioning system – there are varied systems, and each of which is recommended per type of structure where it would be installed and has different efficiency output. The efficiency factor is the most important aspect you have to check on. This is measured typically through the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER. Air conditioning units manufactured and sold in the US must meet the SEER requisite of at least 13. This rating method includes the start up and shutdown time frame of the unit. Be sure to look for this detail once you scout for the best system that matches your home and needs.
Look for product reviews from websites. Reviews by customers would be more useful as they have first-hand experience with a particular central air conditioning unit type.
Budgeting – while it is almost an intrinsic driving force to select the cheaper options, it may still be not for the best of your pockets. What you can do is to have at least three quotes for the system and the contractor. Weigh the cost-effectiveness of your decision. Cheap equipment may not put out the best conditioned air settings, and cheap labor may mean inefficient work. Your initial savings from having these inexpensive expenditures may only be used for repairs soon after the system has been installed. Essentially, you did not save at all.
In addition, you have to be prepared for unexpected costs. For example, you have projected the task to be completed within two days. Accidents may occur anytime within that period. Thus, it would be wise to keep contingency funds accessible when the need arises.
Once these preparation pointers are set, immediately proceed with the installation process. Observe the system if it works well. If everything falls into place accordingly, ensure that you will pursue proper maintenance measures. Always check the wiring and internal and external parts of the air conditioning unit. Cleaning, dusting and replacing some parts like refrigerant or Freon and inside coil are some of the common maintenance tasks you have to go through upon having this system. You and your family will surely enjoy better, healthier and more comfortable ventilation inside your home once these pointers are employed.
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