Wheat Ridge air conditioning installation is a complex task. In most cases, it’s definitely a job that should be carried out by a professional. Of course, if you’re using a one-room or portable unit, it’s not so complicated. But if you need air conditioning for your whole house, you’re looking at quite a big and tricky process.
If you’ve ever been curious about how we install your AC for you, look no further. Here’s our very simple guide to Wheat Ridge air conditioning installation!
Conducting the Survey
The first step to Wheat Ridge air conditioning installation is surveying your home. This is important because each AC installation is different. By conducting a survey, we find out exactly what kind of home you have and how big the job will be. We use this opportunity to make sure we’re installing the right kind of AC
for you. This depends on what your heating and cooling load will be.
First off, we take note of how many rooms you have, and their size, as well as how many people are usually in each room. This makes a big difference in air conditioning requirements! Next, we find out how many windows you have, their size, and what kind they are (single or double glazing). We find out what they’re sealed with and how good they are at keeping heat in and out. We also take note of any window coverings – blinds, drapes or an external shade. This tells us valuable information about how your home produces and retains heat.
The technical bits come next. We take note of your home layout, existing power supplies, space for the equipment and such. We decide which room would be best to house the indoor unit, and what the installation process will involve. We’ll also have a chat with you about how you run your home, and what your needs are. This allows us to carry out the best Wheat Ridge air conditioning installation.
Choosing a Place for the Indoor Unit
When it comes to the actual installation, there are two main parts: the indoor unit and the outdoor unit. They’re both connected, but carry out different functions. The first step is setting up the indoor AC unit.
The indoor AC unit looks like a small box, and sits on your wall in an unobtrusive place. This could be inside a closet or basement, or in one of the main rooms. The indoor unit contains a refrigerant – a fancy name for a cooling fluid – which absorbs heat from your home. Once the refrigerant is hot, it evaporates
. Imagine how a pot of water would absorb heat from your stove, and turn into steam when it boils. Simple, right?
We carefully choose the perfect place to install the indoor unit. It should be somewhere with good air circulation, away from furniture and doorways. The indoor AC unit requires quite a lot of space around it, so we take that into consideration. It’s also important not to install it in direct sunlight, or near a heat source. This is because it could affect the AC unit’s efficiency. We choose somewhere away from electrical lines used for television and radio. This is because electrical noise could cause problems for the air conditioner. Last but not least, we make sure that the wall holding the box is strong enough to support it!
Installing the Indoor Unit
Once we’ve chosen the ideal place for the indoor unit, we need to install it. The first step is to install the wall mount, which holds the box onto the wall. We make sure it’s exactly level before attaching it. While we’re there, we also drill a hole to fit the pipes, which will connect the indoor unit to the outdoor condenser. These pipes allow the refrigerant to travel to the outside of the house, once it’s absorbed heat.
Then it’s a matter of the unit itself. It’s important to make sure the electrical connections are set up correctly, so that it works the way it should. We install the pipes and feed them through to the outside, where we’ll later set up the outdoor unit. We make sure that the pipes and cables don’t bend too much, as this can decrease the AC’s performance. They also need to be at the correct angle, especially the water drainage pipe, so that fluids can flow freely.
Even though it might seem complicated, our Wheat Ridge air conditioning installation engineers are professionals with years of experience
. We use tried and true methods that produce the best results and a top quality installation. To us, it’s all in a day’s work!
Installing the Outdoor Unit (Condenser)
The outdoor unit is bigger than the indoor unit, and this is because it has more to do. It contains a compressor, which moves the refrigerant through the system. There’s a condenser coil, which turns the refrigerant back into liquid. The unit also houses a large fan, which cools down the refrigerant. The bothersome heat escapes into the air outside, and the refrigerant goes back into the system. Then, it can find its way back to the indoor unit, where the process starts again.
Usually, the outdoor unit sits at the rear of your home, on its side, or even the roof. We choose a place which doesn’t get too much sun. Even though our outdoor units are weatherproof, keeping it shaded will help it to work more efficiently.
The fan needs to be facing away from the house, and we need to allow space around it. It’s important to fix the unit on something stable and flat. That way, it won’t blow over in extreme weather.
As with the indoor unit, we make sure the unit is securely affixed, and level. We usually use some kind of cushioning to minimize vibration. We install it somewhere away from TV and radio antennae, so that there’s no interference. First off, the electrical wires need to be connected. We also secure them properly so that they don’t come loose. Then, we install the pipes from the inside to the outdoor unit and affix them to the wall. We use an insulating cover on the pipes, and test to make sure that nothing leaks. It’s also important to set up the water run off pipe far away from the house.
Wheat Ridge Air Conditioning Installation: All Done!
So, there you have it. Once we’ve set up the indoor and outdoor units, the only thing left is to switch it on and make sure it’s working. If you use one of our expert air conditioning installation engineers, you can be sure that they’ll do the job right. They’ll make sure installation is relatively quick, professional and thorough, so that your system will last for years to come. Don’t risk doing it yourself and getting it wrong – leave all the hard work to us! If you need our services, feel free to get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.