4 Issues To Avoid When Installing Your New Air Conditioner

A new air conditioner is one of the biggest investments you'll make in your home, so you want the installation process to go off without a hitch. Unfortunately, the following problems can easily throw a wrench in any A/C installation. Read on to learn more about these A/C installation pitfalls.

1. Wrong Size

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to your A/C system. Too many homeowners make the mistake of getting a bigger air conditioner than their home actually needs, usually under the assumption that it'll offer faster cooling. Unfortunately, oversized A/C units tend to waste energy due to short cycling. These units also don't run long enough to properly remove excess humidity.

Another common mistake is buying a much smaller A/C unit in the name of energy efficiency. However, you'll only waste energy since your A/C system must run non-stop to achieve the same performance as a properly sized system.

2. Incorrect Unit Placement

Air conditioning systems aren't exactly attractive, so it's tempting to keep these somewhat unsightly units out of sight. However, tucking your A/C system in a secluded corner of your home can negatively impact its performance. Consider the following tips regarding A/C placement and ventilation:

  • Have your outdoor A/C unit installed in a shady area away from direct sunlight.
  • Give your A/C unit a 2- to 3-foot buffer between it and other structures, including walls and fences.
  • Keep the area around the A/C unit free of shrubbery and other vegetation.
  • If you're still intent on concealing your A/C unit, make sure the enclosure offers plenty of ventilation and a sizable buffer between it and the unit it's hiding.

3. Bad Thermostat Location

If you're having a split A/C system installed, then it's crucial to get the thermostat placement right. Thermostats read the temperature of the surrounding air and use those results to control the A/C system. Incorrect placement can lead to false temperature readings, causing the A/C unit to work harder than necessary to keep your home cool.

To avoid this mistake, make sure the thermostat is installed away from heat-generating devices such as ovens and other kitchen appliances. Thermostats should also be kept away from draft-producing areas, including vents and windows.

4. Not Enough Drainage

Air conditioners naturally dehumidify the air during their operation, resulting in the creation of condensate and the need for condensate drainage. The condensate your air conditioner produces must go somewhere, so ignoring your new A/C system's drainage needs can set the stage for disaster later on. Improper drainage can easily result in water damage to your new system as well as damage to your home's flooring and mold growth.

For help with your air conditioning installation, contact a company like Environmental Contractors.