The air conditioner is one of the most sensitive appliances to install in the house. Having the AC installed in the wrong place will not only result in inefficiencies as well as higher energy costs in the long run. The air conditioner may also break down more frequently due to the wrong installation, another reason you should only hire a qualified and experienced contractor to handle or oversee the installations. The most crucial part of AC installation is determining the optimal place for optimal performance and results. In this, you will need the help of HVAC contractor.
What Factors Should One Consider When Installing an Air Conditioner?
This article outlines some of the factors to consider when installing your AC at home and the best places for optimal performance. As mentioned earlier on, hiring a licensed AC or refrigeration technician will help you achieve better results and even get excellent service from the equipment. Here are some of the factors that determine AC positioning in the house.
1. Where the windows are located
2. Available ventilation
3. Lightbulbs in the house and how many they are
4. Floor material
5. Electrical appliances in the room
As a rule of thumb, split AC systems ought to be installed at the justify of the room for balanced airflow control. That said, here are a few things to keep in mind when installing these in various rooms.
A. The bedroom: Place the air conditioner to cool the room/bed passively for improved comfort. You don’t want the cold air flowing over the bed, but instead around it. This way, you reduce the risk of getting too cold or even waking up with a sore throat. Installing the AC just behind the headboard at one side of the bed is recommended.
B. The living room: Unlike the bedroom, you can have the AC unit installed in such a way that the cool air is blown towards you. This setup is mostly recommended for split AC units.
C. Height: Cool air will naturally go lower while hot air rises. That said, consider installing the AC unit at a considerable height to promote even cooling.
An integrated-ducted AC system makes it much easier to keep the room/house cool and comfortable without all the hustles discussed above. Ducted systems provide a more discreet way of keeping the home cool hence a preferred option by many. This system is mainly installed behind ceilings and walls.
What Is the Best Place to Position the Outdoor AC Unit?
Here are some of the things to consider when choosing an ideal place for the outdoor unit.
A. Shade: The outdoor unit should always be installed on the cooler side of the house. That said, look for the shaded side of the house for this unit.
B. Ventilation: Always look for a properly ventilated spot for the outdoor unit. Shrubs, tall grass, and anything else that may affect free airflow should be avoided at all costs. If need be, trim any overhanging branches and overgrown grass.
C. Vibration: You need to limit vibration as much as possible. Consider installing the unit on a concrete slab or wall to prevent any form of vibrations.
D. Safety: Avoid installing the unit in areas with corrosive substances.
An experienced and licensed HVAC installer should be able to identify the ideal position for the unit.
The Type of a Home
If sharing a balcony with a neighbor, then this may influence where you position the outdoor unit. To be on the safe side, check noise levels produced by the unit before making the purchase. If it is within the local council’s noise regulations, you can then go ahead and make the purchase. You, however, need to be careful if the unit will be installed close to the neighbor’s windows or doors.
2. Residential Home
If the system is to be installed in a residential home, you then need to ensure it is installed properly. Here are some of the common mistakes you should avoid during the installation.
A. Compromised fire resistance: Having the AC unit installed on a wall may reduce its fire resistance.
B. Hard to clean: Anyone should be able to access the units for cleaning. That said, avoid areas with airborne pollutants and dust.
C. Electrical hazards: Do not install the units directly above other electrical appliances or fittings. This could create electrical hazards and especially if the system starts to leak.
D. Hire a certified technician: While you may have the tool and some knowledge on how to install an AC unit, it would probably be best if you had an accredited contractor do it for you. These contractors are not only well trained but are more experienced in the job. Your system will probably perform better if installed by a professional.
Where Should my Thermostat Be Positioned?
The thermostat helps the AC unit to regulate indoor temperature for improved comfort. You should, therefore, choose just the right spot to have the thermostat installed/positioned. Experts recommend having the thermostat installed at the justify of the house/room and away from heat-generating appliances. If the thermostat is installed close to another electrical device (heat hog), there’s then a higher probability temperature in the house will fluctuate significantly. Some of the appliances to avoid when installing this little device include electronics, refrigerators, kitchen appliances, and light fixtures.
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