When your central heating and cooling system stops working in the middle of summer, you might be tempted to rush out and buy the first unit you find to start the cool air again. However, choosing the wrong unit or installing it correctly could mean that your home is not cooled like it should. To help you find the relief you need, here are some of those selection and installation mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Automatically Choosing the Same System
It might seem quicker to just pick the same heating and cooling system that you had before. However, this could prove to be a mistake. If you do not take the time to carefully consider the other models available, you might miss out on getting a system with a better energy efficiency rating. There is also the possibility that the original system was never right for your home.
To determine the best system for your home, get a load calculation for your home. The load calculation considers the square footage of your home and its building materials to calculate the size needed for your home. Your air conditioner installation technician can perform the calculation and even provide recommendations for certain models.
Failing to Check the Ductwork
The ducts are responsible for distributing the cooled air throughout your home. If the ductwork is not properly designed or assembled correctly, you could experience significant air loss. Since you are getting a new central heating and cooling system, now is the time to check it.
Your HVAC technician can check the ductwork and even repair it if there are problems. He or she can even check the design of the ductwork to find the most efficient placement of the ducts.
Installing the Thermostat in the Wrong Location
The thermostat is responsible for regulating the on and off function of the central heating and cooling system. It measures the temperature of the air in the area in which it is located and can call for the system to turn on if the desired temperature has not been reached.
If the thermostat is in the wrong location, it will not get an accurate assessment of the temperature in the rooms being occupied. You do not want to leave the thermostat in the dead air locations in your home. It also should not be installed near any heat sources because it can interfere with the system's ability to gauge the temperature accurately.