So you’ve recognized that it’s time to upgrade your existing air conditioning system to a more energy efficient system. Great choice! You’re investing in your family’s comfort as well as the decreasing of your utility bills and responsible consumption of energy. While those are all great things there are still a number of things you can do to prep your Roanoke home before you get going with the air conditioning installation process.
1. Review the Manual J Heating and Cooling Load
First of all, the AC contractor should have conducted what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation. This intricate calculation takes into account the home’s structure, roof, windows, direction and location to determine the size and type of equipment needed. Ask to see the load calculation and have it spelled out for you. If the contractor did what’s commonly referenced as a Block Assessment, or did not do a load calculation at all, we would strongly recommend choosing another contractor or calling Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-302-8645. Your Roanoke HVAC specialist will be able to give you a full assessment.
2. Clean and Seal Ducts.
Next, have the company clean your ductwork. It’s not recommended to introduce caked on dirt and dust from a crotchety old duct system to your brand new air conditioning system. The health of your entire system and the quality of the air you breathe starts with your ducts giving you clean air, so make sure that they are cleaned and correctly sealed by the HVAC contractor. If you can’t remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned or have never had them cleaned, have the contractor complete a duct cleaning in advance of your new AC installation.
3. Clear a Path.
Prior to the air conditioner installation you will also want to clear the area where equipment will be installed, and make certain it is easy to access. There are stairs, landscaping porches, decks or other items near the AC, clear the area as well as you can. Make certain the area is clear of yard waste like big sticks and leaf piles so installation is even simpler. Also make sure to clear away anything else that could get in your installation pro’s way such as garden hoses, rakes, or children’s toys. Make sure pets are contained so they do not get in the way of the installation crew.
Think you’re ready to move forward with the air conditioning installation process? Call the experts at Service Experts in Roanoke at 540-302-8645 or schedule an appointment online for a free home comfort analysis and system upgrade estimate.