Installing a new air conditioning system can be an exciting event, but it can also be disastrous if not handled cautiously. Every home is different and hence needs different air conditioning systems. Even if you know what type of system you need, you will still need to figure out the most cost-effective and efficient system set-up to help you save money in the long run.
So, it is important to keep yourself well informed about the process and steps for installing a high-efficiency AC system that correctly fits your needs. Many homeowners engage home improvement experts to accurately help access their homes’ cooling needs and recommend the highest efficiency AC units. Installing correctly-sized units for your home will positively impact on the effectiveness and overall efficiency of your cooling system.
So, the key considerations in an air conditioning installation process include carrying out a detailed site survey, accessing your cooling load, choosing highest efficiency units, and figuring out the most strategic positions for the units, etc.
The following are some important aspects you should keep in mind as you plan to install a new air conditioning system for your home.
Measure your space to determine a correctly-sized system
The area of your living space is the key determinant of your air conditioning needs. So, it is critical to measure the area and the volume of the space. Although several things and occupancy levels are taken into account while measuring your air conditioning load, the 120W per square meter calculation is generally considered ideal as a rule of thumb. So, after carrying out your required load calculation, you can choose the most suitable system for your home.
Choose from different types of air conditioning system
You can choose from several types of air conditioning systems, depending on the capacity you need. The cheaper types are the window air conditioners and wall-mounted single split systems which are generally used to cool particular rooms and smaller office facilities. More expensive type is the central air conditioning system or ducted systems, which consist of indoor and outdoor units and are typically used in large office buildings, hotels, hospitals, etc. Various design and installation aspects need to be considered in the central AC system setup to achieve system’s cost-efficiency.
Position the indoor & outdoor units correctly
If you have chosen the type of AC system with indoor and outdoor units, positioning these units correctly is important. There are strategic places in your homes or office building where the indoor and outdoor systems can be correctly positioned; however, plumbing, electrical wiring and other materials in the wall should be taken in account before setup. The indoor unit is usually installed in the ceiling, while the outdoor unit may be positioned on the ground, roof, or mounted on the external wall. Minimizing the route between the indoor & outdoor units is crucial to improving efficiency.