According to the Department of Energy, saving money by choosing a more efficient air conditioning system can save you around 30% on cooling costs. But before you jump into installing a new AC in your home, it's important to have a basic understanding of what goes into installing a new one. You don't want to end up with a faulty system that will cost you more money in the future. The following is an overview of what you need to know about air conditioning installation before you buy a new AC.
Permits and Codes for HVAC Installation
Like with many other home improvement projects, installing HVAC equipment like a new air conditioner requires a permit. There are different building codes and regulations in different areas that have to be followed, too. First, the AC installation project has to be approved to get the permit, and then the system will need to be inspected after the installation is completed. If you plan on having a system that requires excavations like a geothermal HVAC, there might be other permits you will need.
Have AC Equipment Professionally Installed
Whenever you are installing any ventilation project other than maybe a window unit, you are going to need to have the system professionally installed. Professional AC installers have the licensing to be able to obtain permits and install the new system. They will also help with proper planning, such as sizing the new system, and help you choose the best cooling solutions for the needs of your home.
Size Your New AC System Correctly
Your system also needs to be sized correctly. There are several things to consider, such as the square footage, ceiling height, and efficiency of building materials. Normally, the size can be determined by multiplying the cubic air space by the BTUs needed per foot of space. The amount of BTUs needed can vary, but it is usually around 25 BTUs per cubic foot. This can be more or less dependent on how well your home is insulated and factors like the location of the windows.
Properly Installed and Secured AC Equipment
The air conditioning equipment that you are installing needs to be properly installed. This often begins before the installation because things like the AC unit and ductwork have to be properly secured. You might need to add a concrete pad for the unit and make minor structural changes to install and support ductwork for the new AC.
If you are ready for a new AC, contact an air conditioning installation service to get the help you need to install a new system in your home.