You’ve noticed your power bill is higher than normal; this is a sign that your AC is working harder than usual. If your unit is over 10 years old, chances are it’s not rated for green energy standards. It’s time for a change. However, a new AC installation doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here is a quick list to help you prepare from the installation experts at Shriver Mechanical, Inc.
Choosing the Right Contractor
The first step on the road to your new AC is the most important. There are several things to consider when searching for an AC installation company. Start by checking online reviews with companies like the Better Business Bureau. Weed out the good guys from the scam artists by requesting proof of business licensure and up-to-date training certifications. Does this company have insurance to cover damages to your home in the event of an accident? Do they offer comprehensive warranties or maintenance plans on products and services? Are they available in an emergency or on holidays? A company of certified professionals with decades of experience and training in the latest technologies will help put your mind at ease.
Choosing the Right Unit
Once you have selected your heating and air conditioning provider, it is time to shop for a new unit. There is a wide range of models to choose from. How do you determine the best model for your home? Each model should come with a SEER rating. SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio” and calculates the amount of energy a particular unit needs to put out a certain level of cooling. It is calculated by taking the unit output and dividing it by the total energy used in a particular season. As of 2006, newly manufactured air conditioning units must have a rating of 13 or more to meet SEER standards. Higher ratings usually mean higher price tags but because these units are more cost-effective, you will be saving in the long run on your power bills. An Energy Star rating on an HVAC system is another aspect to consider when shopping for a new unit. It means that your unit meets EPA standards and is better for the environment.
Planning for the Big Day
Once you have selected your new unit, it is time to schedule for delivery and installation. While you are waiting for the big day, take some time to do some basic house cleaning. Your HVAC technicians will need access to different areas of your home in order to install the new unit. This is your chance to clean out and organize that corner of the garage. The area around your outside unit needs to be cleared out as well. Leave at least 2 feet of clearance around the condensing unit, water tanks, and return vents.
For more information on preparing for an AC installation, contact the experts at Shriver Mechanical, Inc.