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A New Air Conditioner: Preparing for Professional Installation

The summer sun is soon to arrive, and your old air conditioner is struggling to keep up. You’ve made the wise decision to invest in a new AC unit, and now it’s time for installation day. While the professionals will handle the heavy lifting, there are steps you can take to ensure a smooth and efficient installation process.

This guide will equip you with everything you need to know to prepare for an air conditioning installation in Houston.

Budgeting and Planning for Installation

Before the big day arrives, take some time to get your finances in order and plan the logistics:

  • Financing Options: Many HVAC companies offer financing options for new AC installations. Explore these options before installation day to ensure you have a clear understanding of the payment process.
  • Final Inspection: Schedule a final inspection with your chosen HVAC company before installation day. This allows the technician to confirm the chosen unit size and location are still suitable and address any last-minute questions you may have.
  • Permits: In some areas, permits may be required for AC installation. Check with your local building department to determine if a permit is necessary and, if so, inquire about the application process. Your HVAC contractor can absolutely assist you with this process.

Clearing the Way for Efficiency

  • Accessibility: The installation crew will need easy access to both the indoor and outdoor units of your AC system. Clear a path from your driveway or street to the installation location, removing any obstacles like furniture, grills, or landscaping features.
  • Indoor Unit Location: If your new AC unit is replacing an existing one, the indoor unit will likely be installed in the same location. However, if you’re adding AC for the first time, discuss the optimal placement with your HVAC technician during the final inspection. Consider factors like airflow, proximity to electrical outlets, and ease of access for maintenance.
  • Outdoor Unit Location: The outdoor unit needs a clear, well-ventilated space with at least 2-3 feet of clearance from surrounding objects like fences, walls, or shrubs. Ensure the chosen location allows for proper drainage of condensate water from the unit.
  • Electrical Considerations: The new AC unit will require a dedicated electrical circuit. Your HVAC contractor will verify the existing electrical setup during the final inspection. If necessary, they can arrange for an electrician to install the appropriate circuit before installation day.

Prepping Your Home for the Installation Crew

  • Pets: If you have pets, consider having them boarded or crated during the installation process to ensure their safety and minimize distractions for the crew.
  • Protecting Your Belongings: The installation process can involve dust and debris. Cover furniture and electronics near the installation areas with drop cloths or dust sheets.
  • Clearance Around Existing Unit: If your existing AC unit is being replaced, remove any personal belongings stored around the unit to provide easy access for removal.
  • Children: Young children may be curious about the installation process. For their safety, consider having them stay with a friend or family member during the installation.

For the Best Care for Your Air, schedule an appointment with the experts at Cool Care Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ll set up your new AC in record time!

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