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Insulating Your Home To Help Your HVAC System

When we couldn't get our home to cool down last summer, we started checking our HVAC system. We found out that our air conditioning system was working fine, but the air just seemed to leave our house rapidly. We contacted an HVAC contractor to run a few tests, and he concluded that we had a severe insulation problem. After showing us which rooms had bad leaks, he recommended a business to come out and remedy the situation. This blog is all about insulating your home and helping you to keep that carefully heated and cooled air inside, where it belongs.


AC Installation Mistakes You Should Avoid

With the high availability of online tutorials, many homeowners have been leaning towards DIY air conditioning installation. The procedure might seem pretty straightforward, but people still make mistakes. This article will enlighten you on the mistakes you should avoid during DIY AC installation.

Placing the AC Incorrectly

To get the best out of your AC unit, place it in an ideal location. Unfortunately, homeowners ignore this rule by placing their units in areas with plenty of vegetation. Experts recommend placing the unit in a shady place. However, avoid areas with vegetation as it can affect air circulation.

Also, place the indoor unit in a good area—preferably, install it in a central position so that it can cool the house evenly. Lastly, ensure that no furniture is blocking your unit.

Choosing the Wrong Size

Homeowners tend to overlook size when choosing an AC unit. Well, that is a huge mistake that will cost you. A small-sized AC unit will obviously struggle to keep a large house cool. As such, it consumes so much energy just to keep up with your home's requirements. You also don't need a large AC unit if your home is small. The room will have excessive dry air, and you'll still pay high bills. 

You need to consult an HVAC contractor or technician to avoid such mistakes. The technician will size your home and recommend a suitable unit for you.

Improper Positioning of the Thermostat

The location of your thermostat matters a lot when it comes to the functionality of your AC unit. The thermostat should monitor and regulate your unit depending on the room's temperature. Incorrectly placing the thermostat means it will feed the AC unit the wrong information. Avoid installing the thermostat near air vents, windows, or heat sources. Otherwise, your unit won't turn on or off at the right time.

Failing to Insulate the Refrigerant Lines

AC units rely on a liquid gas known as refrigerant to run. Unfortunately, some homeowners forget to insulate the line through which the refrigerant passes. This mistake can affect the energy efficiency of your unit and place undue strain on it. Ensure that the refrigerant lines aren't exposed to the elements by insulating them well.

Failing to Perform a Leak Check

An air conditioning installation isn't successful until you perform a leak check. This check should help you confirm whether the refrigerant lines are leaking. Leaks can cause your unit to overheat and break down. Moreover, leaks will cause your electricity bill to hike as the unit will have to work extra hard to cool your space.

Reach out to a company like Total Comfort HVAC to learn more.