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Air Conditioning Installation Tips

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Air conditioning systems are a must-have in most commercial and residential buildings. Split AC systems, in particular, allow you to heat or cool many rooms at once. So, what does it take to install a split air conditioning system? Below are some useful tips. 

Choose The Right Unit

Consider the following when choosing a split air conditioning system for your home or business: 

  • Determine an appropriate size by calculating the British thermal units (BTU) required to heat or cool the house.
  • Consider smart systems that enable you to have varying temperatures in the different rooms.
  • Assess the features of the AC system. Look out for noise reduction technology, dehumidifiers, auto-clean functions and anti-bacterial filters.
  • Verify your AC has sensors that can automatically shut off the system. It is a sure way to save energy costs. 

Inspect The Ductwork

If your house has existing ductwork, you will need to inspect it to ensure it is fit for use. Look out for signs of damage, mould and pest infestation. You will need new ductwork if the property does not have any. An experienced HVAC professional can inspect the property and determine the size and design of the ductwork. You also need to decide on an appropriate ductwork material. Sheet metal ductwork is popular due to its durability. However, the ductwork can be noisy and expensive. Go for fibreglass ductwork if you need a quiet alternative. Fibreboard ductwork is inexpensive and quiet. Nonetheless, it is known to accumulate mould in humid climates.  

Installation Of The Internal Unit

The interior unit of the AC blows in cold or warm air to the various rooms. The size of this unit should be proportional to the size of the room. As such, you need a large unit for sizable rooms and vice versa. Ideally, the unit should be a few metres above the ground to ensure adequate air circulation. 

Installation Of The External Unit

The outdoor AC unit consists of the condenser and compressor. This unit should be placed on a rigid surface to reduce noises and vibrations. If possible, protect it from harmful elements such as rain and dirt. The unit should have unobstructed access to fresh air. Walls, shrubs and landscape installations could affect the functionality of the unit. 

As a rule, your AC system should be installed by an accredited HVAC professional. Slight installation oversights such as ductwork leaks, poor wiring or improper installation of the internal or external units could damage the system. For more information, contact an air conditioning installation service.