How do you install an AC system for your home?
Installation of an Air conditioning unit is different for each home or office, depending on the size of your home, the type of Air Conditioner, and how much space you have. So, it may prove to be challenging to install the system by yourself. Hence, the need to involve professional arises. All you need to do is weigh in the access points, the size of the room, and the budget within which you are operating. Once you have all the details correct, you can proceed to call in a team for AC installation.
From my research, back when I wanted to install the system in my home, I had to go through a lot of catalogs to establish what AC worked best for my home. I asked a lot of questions, including;
- How much space do I have?
- What is my budget?
- How is the installation process for the Air Conditioning system?
- What do I look to achieve from the unit?
- What is the best Air Conditioner unit for my home?
After finding the perfect match, I called in a professional recommended by a friend. Once we walked into my home and took a look at the ceiling, he suggested the same type of Air Conditioning units I had selected. I got quite frustrated because if I had known earlier, I would have just consulted him, rather than wasting my time. To help you make a better decision, here is a list of the four major types of AC and their installation procedure:
Portable Air conditioner
This is one of the most common units in the market right now. It is fast gaining popularity because of its ease of installation, ability to fit in different windows, and it’s all year round application around the house. Also, they can be coupled with a central air conditioning system to achieve temperatures, without altering with the thermostat. However, despite all these advantages, you need to realize that the portable air conditioner needs vents as well. So, how do you install a portable AC in your home?
The first step is to buy a unit that fits your window. You wouldn’t want to buy a unit, yet you lack regular-sized windows or ones that do not open. Then, you set up the window kit, which involves cutting a foam strip, attaching it to the window and placing the plastic window piece. This is to achieve a tight seal between your indoor space and the outside. After that, you secure the seal and complete the final set up of your unit, which involves applying a security bracket to the window to prevent opening from the outside.
Window air conditioner
Another popular choice of AC installation is Window conditioning unit. Mainly, this is because it can be used for zoned temperature control, hence saving you a lot of money on energy bills. The hardest part is getting the heavy unit to your window. However, if it is already there, then all you need to do is start on the installation.
First, you will need to place the unit onto the window sill. Then, you need to balance the AC on the windowpane to ensure that it does not fall and get damaged. Once you place the unit in the window, then it is time to install locks to prevent the window from opening. Finish up the insulation by creating a seal on the window to create a barrier between your indoor air and the one outside.
Split air conditioner
When you ask most people, the split AC offers the best when it comes to the world of air conditioning. It has a unit inside the house and another one outside. When you embark on installation, your first step will be to bridge the gap between the two groups. You do so by use of ducts. The split air conditioner requires a particulate installation process. Whether you are dealing with the outside condenser, the inside vents or the connectors, you need to pay attention. However, with the right professional help, you are good to go.
Central air conditioner
Contrary to the portable, window and split air conditioners that cool one or two rooms in a house, a central unit works to cool every single place. It is the most detailed AC and uses ducts running to all rooms. You must plan for the ductwork before building. However, if you already have a home, you can retrofit the pipes as well.
The central air conditioner has several components that work together to achieve cooling and heating in your home. There is the compressor, the evaporator, the refrigerant, and the ductwork. For a proper installation for the central AC units, then, the services of a professional are inevitable.