Thinking of Installing an Air Conditioner?

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by Ashton Service Group
York Air Conditioner

With the weather being so sunny and warm, people are thinking of installing an air conditioner in their home to help stay cool now and when summer finally arrives in Metro Vancouver.

There are many things to consider before getting an air conditioner installed in your home. First if you live in a condo/apartment building, you may need approval from your respective strata council to determine if you are allowed to put a system in. It is best to have the approval letter in hand before investing time in researching and setting up appointments to have your home measured for a AC system if your request ends up being turned down.

The performance and energy-efficiency ratings of your chosen AC system depends on proper installation, which involves complex calculations to ensure the right system for your needs to avoid system efficiency losses. Ashton Service Group’s technicians need a minimum of 1.5 hours in a home to ensure they have enough time to measure and gather all the information to do the calculations as well as discuss how you will be using the system and what features you are looking for. Please keep the appointment length in mind when scheduling a technician to come to your home to provide you with an estimate/quote.

There are a few other items to keep in mind when you are deciding on a contractor to install an air conditioner in your home. Will they cover:

  • Correct sizing – To determine the exact cooling load and correct unit size, your air conditioner installation contractor will need to know your home’s heating and cooling requirements. A variety of factors, such as ventilation, insulation and size of your home, are used in these calculations.
  • Duct sealing – Connecting a new, high-efficiency air conditioner to old or leaking ductwork is a waste of time and money. A professional HVAC contractor will use pressure testing to check the amount of duct leakage before installing a new unit. They will repair duct leaks and offer options for improved air temperature distribution by improving your ductwork layout.
  • Check airflow – Ensure that there’s positive pressure in supply ducts, slightly negative in the return ducts and that living spaces are neutral throughout the residence.
  • Check refrigerant – A professional contractor will test the refrigerant charge after a short system test run and add refrigerant where necessary before finishing the installation procedure.

If you are considering installing an air conditioner in your home, contact our office and schedule an appointment for a no-obligation in home consultation at 604-283-2383.

There are rebates available for select models of air conditioners and the technician will be able to review those with you as well.

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