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What You Should Know Before Hiring An Air Conditioner Installation Contractor

Installing an air conditioning unit with your HVAC contractor is a multi-step process that involves a lot of planning. Here are some of the critical pieces of information that your contractor needs to start an installation plan.

What Type of Air Conditioner?

The style of air conditioner that you choose will affect the structures that your HVAC team needs to design. For a traditional split system air conditioner, your contractor will plan interior ductwork to deliver cool air throughout the house. For a mini-split system, ductwork is unnecessary, but the contractor will install several blowers on the exterior of your house. For geothermal air conditioning systems, the team will decide where to place the air conditioning system to take advantage of the ground's maximum cooling properties.

What Size?

The size of your air conditioner will affect the installation options, as well as the amount of structural support that your air conditioner needs. There are some specific guidelines on air conditioner size based on the amount of square footage in your home. For instance, a 5,000- 7,000 BTU air conditioner is appropriate for a space of under 300 square feet. Air conditioners of up to 34,000 BTU are great for spaces that exceed 2,000 square feet.

Will it Cool the Whole House?

Before you begin to plan the ductwork, you'll need to decide whether the air conditioner should cool the whole house or not. If you have areas of the house that aren't lived in very much, such as a garage or attic, you may not want your air conditioner to reach these areas. Similarly, if you have guest rooms that don't see much use, you might want to install a separate window AC unit in these rooms to save yourself on continuous cooling costs.

If you choose to exclude parts of your home from the AC's coverage, your HVAC contractor will need to route the ductwork away from these areas. You'll also need to consider ways of insulating these areas of your home, so that the cool air doesn't escape from the air conditioned portion of your home.

Before you start to plan out the HVAC system's path, you'll need to decide on the information above and choose your air conditioning unit. Your air conditioning installation team can help you decide how to efficiently cool your house with the unit that you've selected. For more information, contact Classic Heating And Cooling or a similar company.