During summer, the eight hours we spend comfortably in our office are heaven. Why? Simply because of the air conditioner, which keeps us cool, and runs smoothly throughout the day. If you are lucky to have one at home, then you must know that this high maintenance machine is what allows you to sleep peacefully through those hot sweaty nights every summer.
Say your air conditioner suddenly stopped working. Instead of calling a technician, you start tinkering around with your tools and before you know it… you are looking at sweaty, sleepless nights that are spent tossing around in your bed.
Problems relating to an HVAC system are not that hard to find out. There are certain noises and tells, which becomes more prominent over time such as a grind and squealing sound, no air flow, moisture around the unit, leakage, and thermostat problems.
Following are three mistakes explained in detail that you should avoid when installing an air conditioner in your house:
1. Installing a Big HVAC Unit
A bigger AC unit will result in constantly changing temperature and a smaller unit will take longer to cool the room. In both cases, the AC unit will work harder, which will make your electricity bills go through the roof. To avoid all this trouble, find out how much load your house can handle. Things such as insulation, square footage, and draft layout will give you an idea of what size AC you should buy.
2. Installing in the Wrong Position
Installing the HVAC system on the west side of the house is what impacts its energy efficiency. Make sure the system is underneath a shaded spot. To prevent the leaves from getting inside the fan, cut down any shrubs growing around it so that it has more room to breathe.
For proper drainage, make sure the HVAC system is tilted a little backward. This will prevent leaks and rust from forming in the coils.
Lastly, the thermostat should be installed in a place where it is not in direct contact with heat. When the reading on the thermostat changes, the AC works overtime to cool the room.
3. Forgetting About Maintenance during the Winter Season
It’s important to turn on the AC a few times during winter. The lack of use during winter season causes mold to creep into the air ducts. This deteriorates the quality of the air and is the reason why you experience low airflow in summer. A great way to ensure that the AC receives its due maintenance in winter is to install a smart thermostat that can be operated with Wi-Fi. This way you can program the AC to turn on and off itself when you are on vacation.
When turning on your AC, make sure all the exhaust fans and windows in the house are closed. This will help preserve the air’s quality and you can set the thermostat at a fixed temperature. What you can take away from these mistakes is that an air conditioning system should be installed according to the house’s square footage and how adequately it is insulated.