An air conditioning system is installed to make the air in an interior space warmer during cold seasons and cool during hot seasons. This makes it more comfortable for you to live or work in that space. Here are some important things to note before having an air conditioning system installed:
You Need an Energy Audit
An energy audit is carried out by an energy audit specialist, which means you need to hire one before hiring an air conditioning system specialist. This is an inspection that is done on your commercial or residential space to find out how the structure of your building affects how it loses or retains heat. It is important for two reasons:
- You want to know the kind of features to look for in the air conditioning unit. These features should match your cooling and heating needs and also how your interior loses and retains heat.
- You also want to know whether there are structural changes that can be made to help save on energy costs. These costs can increase if you need to use your air conditioning unit frequently.
What You Should Do When You Meet With Your Air Conditioning Unit Specialist
Inform the specialist about your air conditioning needs and then show him or her the energy audit report. This will help you get different quotes for all the options you have. What are these options?
You can make structural changes and then purchase an air conditioning unit recommended by the air conditioning system specialist. You might need to consult a structural engineer, remodelling contractor or insulation contractor to find out how much the structural changes might cost. The air conditioning contractor will also inform you how much the air conditioning unit you require after the structural changes will cost, including installation fees.
Another option is to purchase an air conditioning unit recommended by the air conditioning system specialist without making structural changes. The air conditioning specialist informs you which unit matches your space's heating and cooling needs, how much it costs and how much electricity it might consume based on the number of times you might need to turn it on.
Compare the costs above and decide which is more economical for you. It is also important to note that sometimes, you might not have to make structural changes because when your house was being built, all insulation aspects were considered and installed. You might only need to install an air conditioning unit to meet some heating and cooling needs occasionally.
If you need an air conditioning installation, talk to an HVAC contractor in your area.