Time For A New AC? Important Questions To Ask Your AC Installation Contractor

12 May 2023
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When an air conditioning system begins to cost more than it should to operate or requires frequent repairs, it is probably time to consider the purchase and installation of a new one. If you are a homeowner in this situation, however, you may be wondering how you can ensure that you are purchasing the best AC system for your family and home. In most instances, simply knowing what questions to ask the air conditioning installation contractor can be the best way to get the information you need to make a great choice. 

Should the new air conditioning system be sized differently than the old one? 

This is a critical question because the size of the AC system can greatly affect the efficiency and comfort level of the home. If the unit is too large for the home, high humidity can make occupants feel clammy and uncomfortable. On the other hand, an AC unit that is too small will be very inefficient because it will need to run much more often as it tries to cool the interior of the home. In particular, homes that have undergone any type of renovation project during the time since the existing unit was installed should be re-examined to determine if the new system should be larger or smaller than the one being replaced. 

Do the existing ducts need to be updated or replaced? 

While most new air conditioning system installations are typically able to connect to the existing ducts without making extensive changes, it is not always a good idea. For example, if the existing ducts have leaks or other damage, they could create a huge loss of both cooled and heated air from the upgraded HVAC system and wipe out any efficiency gains. It is an excellent idea for homeowners to have the AC installation contractor perform a leak test on the existing ducts so that any necessary changes can be addressed during the installation process. 

Are there benefits to justify upgrading the installation to include a high-efficiency filter?

Since many aging systems were not outfitted with a filter system when installed, homeowners should discuss the benefits of this feature for their homes. While adding a filter system will increase the cost of the installation project, the AC contractor will help the homeowner understand how this upgrade can help to improve both efficiency and comfort while also helping to reduce system maintenance costs. 

Homeowners will also want to ask about any government rebates or incentive programs that may be available to help offset the cost of installing a more efficient air conditioning system. To learn more about these topics or get other information, homeowners can contact a local air conditioning installation contractor.