If you've been living without air conditioning, having air conditioning installed is sure to make you happy. It's so nice to just kick back in the cool air and not worry about sweating your socks off. However, if you want to ensure your AC continues to make you happy for years to come, there are some tips you should follow before, during, and after the installation process.
Talk to your AC contractor about multiple models.
Often, when you get a quote from an AC contractor, they will recommend two or three different models for you. Homeowners often choose the cheapest one and don't give it that much thought. But it's wise to talk to your HVAC contractor about each AC they're recommending and what unique features it has. You may discover that for just a little more money, one AC will do a better job of cooling your upstairs. Or, a model that costs a little more may save you money on electricity over time. These small differences can help ensure you continue to love your air conditioner years down the road.
Choose the location of your outdoor compressor carefully.
It's very difficult to move an outdoor compressor unit once it is installed in a certain location. So, consider your options and choose the location of your compressor very carefully. Do not put it in a place where it would be an eyesore or where people might bump into it. In general, people love their AC the most when it is out of sight and out of mind.
Splurge on a good thermostat.
The best time to replace your thermostat is when you're already replacing your air conditioner. Your thermostat will have a big impact on how you interact with your AC unit. It's usually worth choosing a good WiFi model that coordinates well with your smartphone. Being able to monitor your home temperature and AC function remotely will really benefit you over the years.
Ask your HVAC contractor to show you how it works.
You probably know how to turn the AC on and off, but do you know how to change the air filter, turn the power on and off, remove the cage for cleaning, and so forth? Ask your HVAC contractor to show you how to do these things before they leave. You'll enjoy your new AC more if you know how to operate and care for it.
Follow the tips above, and you'll love your new AC for its full, usable life. Contact an air conditioning contractor to learn more.