Nobody wants to have to worry about setting up an air conditioning unit right in the middle of summer. But even if you set up your air conditioner ahead of the summer months, without following proper air conditioning installation guidelines, you run the risk of spending a fortune on future repairs.
Regardless of the air conditioner you install, it is imperative that you have your unit installed professionally. If you have not installed one in your home yet, here are 8 important air conditioning installation tips you need to remember for a worry-free summer:
Make sure the size of your unit is just right for your home
Ensuring that the size of your air conditioning system is just right for your home is necessary for a successful air con installation. Remember, the different types of air conditioning systems are suitable only for certain types of spaces. If you overlook this fact, your air con may eventually malfunction or stop working altogether. You see, if your unit is too large for your home, this will result in your system not being able to dehumidify the air. If it’s too small, it will make it hard for your system to cool your home—leading to shocking energy costs. You wouldn’t like that, would you?
Check if your air conditioning system suits your existing electrical system
The process of installing an air conditioner is more crucial than you think. Often, it is not enough to make sure that your size suits the size of your home—you also need to make sure it matches your electrical system. Before you install your aircon, make sure that your electrical system suits the volt circuit of your unit. If you are not knowledgeable in these things, you may want to consult with a circuit repairman to do it for you. With the help of a professional, you can be sure that your current electrical system has the capacity to bear the heap of your new air conditioning system.
Make sure that your unit fits comfortably into your window
If you are installing a window-type aircon, it is important that your unit fits well into your window. The most ideal place for a window-type aircon is a double-hung window, although you can also have it installed into your sliding window. For a seamless installation, make sure to have the dimensions of your window written down on a piece of paper when you go shopping for an aircon. This will help you as you rummage around for a model that suits the space you intend for your system.
Place the outdoor unit on a flat surface
If the room you are cooling is large enough to require a split type aircon, the installation process is quite different since it has an outdoor and an indoor unit. When it comes to installing this type of aircon, make sure that you place your outdoor unit on a flat surface to avoid breakage. The outdoor unit of a split type air conditioner contains the fan motor, compressor, and condenser, so placing it on a rugged or an uneven surface may cause excessive vibration that may eventually damage your unit. Placing your outdoor unit on the wrong surface may also cause your indoor unit to run noisily.
Use all the hardware included in the installation kit
Aircon units usually come with an installation kit that includes all the hardware and fasteners necessary in installing the unit. When you install your aircon, go over the manual and familiarize yourself with everything that the installation kit contains, including the screws, mounting brackets, and window extensions. Though this will depend on the type of air conditioning system that you are going to install, it is important that you use all the hardware in the kit to ensure that your unit is locked in its position and well secured once installed.
Keep the indoor and outdoor unit as close to each other as possible
Did you know that the distance between the indoor and outdoor units of your split type aircon plays a crucial role in the cooling effect of your system? This is because as the refrigerant moves between the two units, some cooling effect is lost in the process. That is why if you want to maximize the cooling effect of your system, it is best to keep your indoor and outdoor units as close to each other as possible. The ideal distance is about 15 meters.
Never place your unit near a lightbulb
Once an aircon reaches its set temperature, its compressor automatically turns off and the unit simply works to maintain that temperature. Obviously, when you place your aircon unit next to a bulb or any heat source, your aircon will keep on detecting heat so it will work nonstop to lower the temperature. And the result? Shocking energy bills! When installing your aircon, make sure to set up your unit away from any object that generates heat. This will make it easier for your unit to determine if it has already reached the temperature set on the thermostat.
Place your unit high enough to produce cool air
There is a simple logic behind this tip: Hot air naturally travels upwards while cool air travels downwards. Unless you want your aircon to take a long time to reach your desired temperature or not cool your room at all, do not place your unit somewhere low—such as your feet level. Remember that the harder your aircon works to cool your room, the more energy it will consume and the more money you will spend on the energy consumed. For best results, place it high enough so it cools your room more quickly.
To prepare for the heat of the summer, it is not enough to just have an air conditioning system installed in your home. More than anything, your system has to be installed properly—and the only way to do that is by hiring a trustworthy HVAC professional who can promise a skillfully installed system that can last for many years. Without the guaranteed service of an expert, you run the risk of dealing with a busted aircon before you even enjoy its service during the summer.