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How To Prepare Your Home For Central Air Conditioning Installation

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Summer is coming, and you've finally had enough of trying to stay cool with window fans or air conditioners that only cool a small amount of space. It's time to install central air conditioning, which uses refrigerant, a compressor unit, and a system of ducts to cool the air inside your home. Not only does central air conditioning keep your home cool, but it also filters the air, removing pet dander, dust, and other allergens from the environment. If you have already scheduled the installation of your new air conditioning system, follow these tips to ensure that the installation goes off without a hitch.

1. Have your HVAC contractor inspect your home prior to your installation date.

For central air conditioning to work as efficiently as possible, you must purchase a system that is the right size for your home. If your house already has a duct system, your contractor may need to make repairs or modifications to ensure your central air conditioning works properly. For example, you may need to add insulation to the ducts to improve energy efficiency. Electrical wiring is also an important consideration when installing a central air conditioner. If your existing wiring is not suitable, your contractor may ask you to have an electrician come to your home and update the wiring before a central air conditioning system can be installed. Conducting an inspection before your scheduled air conditioning installation date can help you identify these problems and address them before your HVAC contractor arrives to install the new system. 

2. Contact your local government to find out if a permit is required.

Some municipalities require property owners to obtain a permit before a central air conditioning system is installed. Once the homeowner obtains a permit, the municipality typically sends an inspector out to make sure the system was installed correctly and meets any requirements related to energy efficiency and safety. If your municipality requires a permit and you do not obtain one, you could face fines and other legal penalties. Even worse, your insurance company could cancel your policy if they find out that you installed central air conditioning without getting the required permit. If a permit is required, follow your municipality's application requirements and do not let your contractor start the work until you have the permit in hand.

3. Remove obstacles that could get in your contractor's way.

To install central air conditioning, your contractor must be able to move around your house, as this type of air conditioning system has interior and exterior components. For example, the compressor is placed outside, and the refrigerant lines and other components go inside the house. Before your contractor arrives, make sure all walkways are clear and free of obstacles. If necessary, move furniture out of the way and pick up small objects that could cause your contractor to trip or fall. Make existing vents accessible by moving objects away from them and ensuring that your contractor can reach them easily. If you have patio furniture, pool supplies, or other items near where the compressor will be installed, move them to another location.

4. Arrange for child care or pet care, if necessary, for the day of the installation.

If you have children or pets, make arrangements for them to spend time outside the house on the day of your planned installation. Children are adorable, but they can be a distraction for contractors who should be focused on installing your air conditioning system. Allowing kids in the installation area can also put their safety at risk, as contractors use a variety of tools during installation. Some of these tools can cause serious injuries if handled by children. Pet injuries are also a possibility, especially if a pet manages to crawl into your duct system while the air conditioning installation is taking place. 

The prospect of getting central air is an exciting one, especially if you have been struggling to stay cool during the summer. Take these steps before your scheduled air conditioning installation date to ensure that everything goes smoothly.