The day is finally here: you're about to have a new air conditioning unit installed, making your home infinitely more comfortable during the summer months. While your air conditioning repair and installation company will handle most of the work, there are some things you can do ahead of time to make sure the installation goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. Here are three things to do now in order to prep your house for air conditioning:
Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Since your new air conditioning unit will be blowing cold air through your ducts, this is the time to have your ductwork professionally cleaned. Clean ducts will help your air conditioner work more efficiently, which will in turn keep your energy bills manageable. Plus, if your ductwork is dirty your air conditioning will actually blow a lot of that dust, pet hair, and other debris into the air. This makes it harder to keep your home clean, and can exacerbate conditions like asthma and allergies. You should continue to have your ducts cleaned at least once a year.
Decide Where to Install the AC Unit
Even a modern, efficient air conditioner will make a decent amount of noise when it's running. For this reason, it's a good idea to carefully consider which room it will be placed outside of. You may not want it positioned just outside of your baby's room or home office, for example, as you want these rooms to be as quiet as possible.
Another thing to keep in mind is that air conditioning works most efficiently when it's not in direct sunlight all day. Try to have it placed where it will be kept in partial shade from nearby tree or landscaping. Alternatively, you can buy a shade protector for outside air conditioning units at most home improvement stores.
Do Some Clean-up Ahead of Time
Your air conditioner will be installed more quickly and effectively if you clean the area ahead of time. Rake up any leaves or debris, and leave a clear path through the yard for the installation team. If your air conditioner is going to be shaded by trees or shrubbery, you may want to neatly trim any overgrowth or branches that look like they'll be in the way.
By following these steps, you can ensure the installation of your new air conditioning unit goes as smoothly as possible. Soon you will be reaping the benefits of a cooler, more comfortable home. Contact a service like Bel Air Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for more information.