So you’ve realized 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 savings on your energy costs and responsible consumption of energy. While those are all great things there are still a couple other things you can do to prepare your Gaithersburg home before you begin the air conditioning installation process.
1. Review the Manual J Heating and Cooling Load
First of all, the AC contractor should have done what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation. This complex 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 broken down 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 Parker Pearce Service Experts at 301-476-4577. Your Gaithersburg HVAC professional 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 decades old duct system to your brand new air conditioning system. The health of your whole system and the quality of the air you breathe begins with your ducts providing clean air, so make sure that they are cleaned and appropriately 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 perform a duct cleaning prior to 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 ensure it is easy to access. There are stairs, landscaping porches, decks or other things near the AC, clear the area as best as you can. Ensure the area is clear of yard waste like big sticks and leaf piles so installation is even simpler. Also make sure to clear away any obstructions 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 pros at Parker Pearce in Gaithersburg at 301-476-4577 or schedule an appointment online for a free home comfort analysis and system upgrade estimate.