By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor,
Homeowners in northern Santa Barbara and western LA counties generally have various reasons for considering an A/C upgrade, which can include decreased efficiency and increased energy costs, lack of home comfort and frequent repair costs. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is the same: A quality installation is the key to ensuring your new unit performs to its full potential.
Here’s a checklist of what you should expect from your contractor during installation:
- An evaluation of your ductwork. Even the most energy-efficient A/C can’t compensate for energy lost through leaky ducts. Following a thorough inspection, any leaks should be sealed using mastic sealant or foil-backed tape.
- Proper sizing of the new equipment. A unit that is either too large or too small for your home can rob you of comfort, increase energy usage and cause unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment. As part of a quality installation, your contractor will ensure that the system you buy is the right size for your home.
- Airflow optimization. Whether too low or too high, improper airflow can impact both energy usage and comfort. Ensuring your supply and return registers are adequate and unobstructed and that your ductwork is clean and properly sealed allows for optimal performance of your A/C upgrade.
- Verification of proper refrigerant charge. Refrigerant is a vital component of your A/C system, ensuring effective heat transfer within the system. An improper charge can lead to a decrease in efficiency and costly repairs due to the failure of a component or a complete system.
- Proper placement of the condenser unit. It is important for the outdoor unit to be located in an area that has proper protection from the elements and any obstructions. A minimum of 2 feet around the unit and 5 feet from the top is recommended. The unit should also be located away from dryer venting to prevent lint from clogging the coils.
When it comes time for an A/C upgrade, contact the experts at Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling. For over 20 years we have been providing quality service to the residents of northern Santa Barbara and western LA counties.
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