Will you be installing a new air conditioner in the near future? That’s something that will have a big impact on your home, so it’s important to ensure you are fully prepared for every step of the process. In order to help you make the most informed decisions possible, today we’re going to talk about how to prepare for an air conditioner installation in your St. Louis area home!
How to prepare for an air conditioner installation
- Do your research before choosing a contractor. Before you even consider what kind of air conditioner you want, you’ll want to choose the right contractor for the job. This is one of the most important preparation steps when installing a new air conditioner, because the quality of the installation will greatly affect your home’s comfort and efficiency levels for years to come. Do not make the mistake of choosing a contractor based on their prices alone. The lowest-quality contractors almost always advertise the lowest costs just to attract your business. High quality contractors like Jerry Kelly cost more because we invest in things like skilled technicians, industry-standard training certifications, all the proper licenses and insurance and more. Before choosing a contractor, ask for references and take a look at some customer reviews online. By choosing the right contractor, you will ensure your new system is sized properly, is installed the right way and will operate efficiently from day one.
- Make sure you understand efficiency levels. After choosing a contractor, it’s time to start thinking about the type of system you want installed. One of the biggest factors to consider when choosing a new air conditioner is its SEER rating. Although systems with higher SEER ratings cost more up front, they end up saving you money in the long run because your monthly utility bills will be lower year-after-year. High efficiency systems start with SEER ratings of 14.5, and systems are available with SEER ratings up into the 20’s.
- Learn about advanced features. Today’s air conditioners are available with all kinds of great features that are designed to make your home more comfortable and efficient. Be sure to talk with your contractor about features like two stage cooling, a zoning system, a variable speed air handler, a programmable thermostat, an automatic-delay fan switch and thermal expansion valves. Your contractor should be able to talk you through these types of features and help you choose the right system for your home. If your contractor doesn’t know about any of these features or is not providing you with clearly defined options, consider hiring a different contractor!
- Day of installation: Clear a path. After choosing the right contractor and picking the air conditioner you’d like to have installed, installation day will be right around the corner. You can help prepare your home by clearing a path around the area where your system will be installed. If you hired the right contractor (like Jerry Kelly), your technicians should completely clean up after themselves after the work is done so that your home looks just as it did when they arrived… except with a brand new air conditioner!
If you have any questions about how to prepare for an air conditioner installation, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis air conditioning contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns Dardenne Prairie, Des Peres and Frontenac, MO.