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Your Not-So-Comprehensive Guide to AC Installation

Explaining all of the steps involved in installing a new air conditioner in 500 words can be quite a challenge, but as our customers know, we are always up for a challenge. In this week’s blog, we have provided a sort-of quick guide to installing a new air conditioner in your home.

If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, keep reading below. Whether you are replacing an outdated cooling system or having one installed for the first time, a new AC is a great way to keep cool and comfortable during the time of year you need it most. Of course, it is important to consult with a professional HVAC technician before any final decisions are made, however, we thought we’d at least give you a head start. Keep reading below to find out more! 

Your AC Installation Guide:

Step One: Deciding to Replace Your Current System

(You may skip this step if you do not currently own an air conditioning system.)

The first step in installing a new air conditioner in your home is knowing when to replace your current system. There are a number of signs that suggest it’s time for a replacement. Consider a replacement if your air conditioner…

  • Is old or outdated: The average lifespan of an air conditioner is anywhere between 10 and 15 years. If your system has aged beyond this average life expectancy, it might do you well to consider a replacement. An older or outdated system is simply not going to be as efficient or effective as newer models.
  • Requires frequent repairs: Your AC should not require more than just a couple of repairs every few years, so if you are calling for repairs any more than that, it could just be that your system is worn out. As a rule of thumb, if you are spending 50% or more the cost of a new system on repairs, it is better to just bite the bullet and replace your system.
  • Is costing you a lot of money: We always recommend keeping a close eye on your monthly energy costs. If you’re spending more and more each month on your energy bills, it might just be that you need to replace your AC.

Step Two: Selecting a New System

When it comes to keeping your home cool and comfortable during the summer, you have many many options! There is a wide variety of cooling systems on the market today, including:

  • Central air conditioners
  • Heat pumps
  • Ductless systems
  • Inverter air conditioners

Your local HVAC technician will be able to match you with the system that best meets your household’s unique cooling needs.

Step Three: Sizing and Installing Your New AC

Once you’ve selected the air conditioning system that best meets your needs, it is time to have it properly sized and installed. When we say “sizing”, we are referring to the process of ensuring that your new system provides the amount of cooling output relative to the size of your home by making sure that it is not too small or too large for your unique demands.

Professional installation ensures that your new air conditioner works smoothly. Additionally, you are going to want to schedule regular air conditioning service in Denver, NC once a year to keep it running efficiently and effectively for years to come.

For all your AC services, contact the professionals at Canella Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 

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