Earlier this week we discussed various issues that can affect the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. One of the issues we discussed was a bad air conditioner installation, which is something that's so important that we thought it deserved its own post. That's why we put together this central air conditioner installation guide to help St. Louis homeowners know everything that goes into a proper install!
Central air conditioner installation guide: what to consider in a new unit
Before you have a contractor like Jerry Kelly install a new air conditioner in your home, you'll have to choose what kind of unit you want. Here are a few things to consider:
- Choose the highest efficiency rating for your budget. The higher the SEER rating of your air conditioner, the more money you'll save in the long-run on operating costs. Choose the air conditioner with the highest SEER rating that fits your budget.
- Consider federal tax credits. Until the end of 2013, you can receive a federal tax credit of $300 for a new air conditioner with a SEER rating of at least 16 and an EER rating of at least 13.
- Look for a unit with efficient features. A variable speed air handler, two stage compressor and automatic-delay fan switch are just a few of the features you should consider in a new air conditioner.
Central air conditioner installation guide: signs of a proper installation
After you choose your air conditioner, the proper installation is in the hands of your contractor. An installation by a qualified contractor like Jerry Kelly will include the following:
- Proper system sizing. Proper sizing is crucial to a good central air conditioner installation. A good contractor like Jerry Kelly will use a Manual J load calculation to choose the perfectly sized unit for your home.
- Efficient ductwork. If you're adding new ductwork to your home, your contractor should ensure that it's properly designed and sized correctly with an adequate amount of supply and return registers to ensure good airflow.
- Proper refrigerant levels. Your air conditioner must be charged with the precise amount of refrigerant to ensure it operates smoothly and efficiently.
- Good location for outdoor condenser. Your outdoor condenser should be located in the shade when possible and away from obstructions and vegetation.
- Good location for thermostat. Your thermostat should be located in an accessible part of your home away from any heat sources or direct sunlight.
If you have any questions about this central air conditioner installation guide, or if you'd like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis air conditioner installation and repair company. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Maryland Heights, O’Fallon and St. Charles.
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