Ah, summertime. The flowers bloom, the bees buzz, and the sun scorches your skin. Okay, maybe that last one isn’t so nice, but all the others are great!
With the warmer weather, many of us need or have had to install an AC unit in those sweltering months. You might have just purchased a new house and the only thing standing in the way of you and your real estate agent’s closing date is your AC unit’s installation.
Or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve had a new one installed, so you’re not sure what makes sense for your home? Whatever the case, here are a few things you should know before getting an air conditioning installation in Mississauga.
Choose the Right Size Air Conditioner
The first thing you need to consider before buying an AC system is selecting the correct size. It means choosing an AC that can cover the entire area that needs to be cooled. If your home or office has more than one room, it’s better to get a central system rather than multiple window units, for example. If you don’t have ducts, you might want to consider a ductless unit. You can ask for help from a professional to see if your current cooling system can handle the load or if you need a different sized system for your home.
Check the SEER Rating
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a rating that measures how much energy an AC unit uses to cool your home. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient it is. However, a higher SEER rating will also mean a higher upfront cost. But over time, you will make up the difference in energy savings.
Decide Where to Place Your Air Conditioner
Put the unit in a place where it’s easy for you and your AC technician to access and maintain. For example, don’t install it in an attic or crawlspace, where you’ll have trouble getting at it if something goes wrong. And don’t hide it behind furniture or curtains; this will block vents and make your unit work harder. Instead, install the unit where there’s good airflow around it.
Find Out If You Need a Permit
In some areas, installing an air conditioner requires a permit from the local building department. Check with them before purchasing anything and know your options for installation locations and whether permits are necessary for each one. An AC expert will be able to tell you exactly what’s required for installation.