If you're ready to replace your old heating and cooling system with a new, energy-efficient system, you're off to a great start toward saving money on your future energy costs.
But don't forget a key component: Ensuring that the HVAC installation is done properly. If it's not, the equipment may not function correctly or it might even stop working.
While it's a service technician's job to provide an expert HVAC installation, it never hurts for you, the consumer, to educate yourself about what must be done and even to survey the installation as it's taking place. Look at the installation as a learning experience, providing you with helpful insights if your system ever requires your expert eye in the future.
Before the HVAC installation even occurs, however, have a pro size your HVAC system for the right fit, literally, for your home. Contrary to popular belief, bigger is not always better. In fact, when it comes to HVAC systems, too large a system will generally be wasteful and inefficient. So make sure that you understand your home's heating and cooling load, and how it led to your system choice. An informed consumer, after all, is a confident consumer.
Prepare for the actual installation with guidelines from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Know that your installer will:
- Provide adequate room around the equipment for service and maintenance.
- Install and set up a programmable thermostat.
- Show you how to check and change the filter.
- Test the airflow rate on the A/C, furnace or heat pump.
- Check that the burner on your furnace or boiler is operating properly and that the flue gases vent as they should.
- Install an indoor coil when replacing an outdoor unit.
- Check the amount of refrigerant in the system.
- Verify that the airflow across the indoor coil meets the manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Place the condenser in an area that can be protected from the elements.
When you get ready to purchase a new HVAC system, know that Mast Heating & Cooling will be your partner in the process from start to finish, from the time we assess your old system until your new one turns "on" to provide you with years of comfort.