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AC Installation 101: What You Need To Know Ahead Of Time

by Yolanda White

Air conditioning is a standard feature in homes in warmer climates, but it can also be beneficial for homes in more moderate environments, too. If you've been thinking about installing an air conditioning system to help you beat the summer heat, there are some things that you should think about before you do. Here's a look at some of the things that you should discuss with your air conditioning installation technician before you get the process started.

What Is The Best Size Air Conditioner For Your Home?

One of the most important things you need to consider when you're installing a new central air conditioning system is choosing the right size for your home. The floorplan, square footage, and air distribution system will all play a factor in determining the proper size for your home's air conditioner. 

When you work with an AC installation contractor, they will have an algorithm that they rely on to help them determine the proper size for your home's new air conditioning system. Talk with your installation technician about your options so that you get the best fit for your home's size.

Do You Need To Install Air Ducts?

If you already have a forced-air heating system, you probably already have ductwork in your home. You should ask your air conditioning installation technician to inspect those air ducts to determine if they are in good-enough condition to use with your central air conditioning system.

This is an important factor in your installation because, if new air ducts are necessary, the price of your installation will be affected. Find out if the existing infrastructure will work or if you will need to install new ducts for proper air circulation.

Will You Need Any Permits?

Depending on the area where you live and the extent of the air conditioning installation, you may find that your installation technician needs to obtain certain permits before the work can begin. If this is the case, it's in your best interest to familiarize yourself with those permits and the legal allowances that they account for. The more you understand about any permits that are required, the easier it is for you to ensure compliance and avoid any unnecessary complications.

Talk with an air conditioning installation technician near you today for more information about choosing and installing a central air system in your home. Your technician can answer all of these questions as well as any others that you might have in advance of the installation.