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The Pro Tip Guide to Prepping Your House for A/C Installation

Cassie Pound, owner of Quality Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric
Published by
Cassie Pound
June 15, 2021

Prepping your Home for your new Air Conditioner

While HVAC installation is far from simple, if you’re not familiar with the process A/C installation may seem much more complex than it really is. This set of tips from the pros will help you get your house ready for installing a new A/C with as little stress as possible.

Determine the Right Type of Air Conditioning System

Not every type of A/C is right for every home. Depending on the size of your home, where it’s located, and the needs of your household, one type of system may be more beneficial over another. The three main options include a traditional split system with an indoor and outdoor unit, ductless mini-split system with an outdoor unit and individual air handlers for each room, and geothermal system that provides temperature control via an in-ground loop (provides heat in winter and cool air in summer).

Choose a Contractor Carefully

A licensed contractor can help determine the best air conditioner for your home. When choosing a professional for ac installation, the lowest price may also mean low quality. A high-quality contractor with the proper licensing, certifications, and insurance can ensure your home is comfortable and efficient. While doing your research, determine how far away they are, how many years they’ve been operating, and their reputation. Obtain reviews and references as well.

What Kind of Features Do You Need?

Consider what it will take to achieve the desired comfort level. A contractor should discuss with you features like two-stage cooling, zoning, programmable thermostats, variable speed air handlers, thermal expansion valves, automatic delay fan switches, and other extras. Simply inquiring about these can help determine how knowledgeable the contractor is.

Understand Air Conditioner Efficiency

Research seasonal energy efficiency ratings and the best SEER number for your home. High efficiency A/C’s range from SEER 14.5 to well into the 20’s. The higher the SEER rating, the more the up-front cost. But over the long term, you may see lower monthly utility bills, so you could save over time or even recoup the cost of installation.

Get Your Home Set Up for AC Installation Day

The condition of your home can impact the success of A/C installation. Here are some steps to take before having a new system installed:

  • Clean/Seal Ductwork: If you’re not installing new ductwork, it’s a good idea to have your existing ducts cleaned and aired out to remove dirt and dust. Contamination can damage a new system and cause efficiency/air quality issues. Sealing holes and cracks avoids contamination and performance issues as well.
  • Measure/Clear Space: Take accurate measurements to ensure there’s enough room for a new unit, and/or match the dimensions of the old unit with the new system. Make any necessary adjustments, such as clearing clutter, before the new A/C arrives.
  • Make Room for the Contractor: Ensure there is the clearest, shortest path from the entrance to the area where the equipment will be installed. Move tables, chairs, rugs, couches, toys, and other items before the contractor arrives, which will save time. Installation day will approach faster than you think!

Contact Quality Heating Cooling Plumbing

Based in Glenpool, OK, we provide fast, dependable A/C installation services and help plan, select, and size new systems for residential and commercial customers. Our contractors are knowledgeable in all available options and how each suits a specific need. They are also factory-trained to install, repair, and maintain all makes and models. To learn more or schedule a consultation, call us at 918-268-7343 today.

Cassie Pound, owner of Quality Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric
Published by
Cassie Pound

Cassie Pound is the Vice President of Quality Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric with locations in Tulsa, Glenpool, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma.