HVAC systems are found in almost 90% of U.S. households. According to Energy Star, the estimated lifespan is between 15-20 years. Depending upon environmental factors and personal preferences, replacements and upgrades can take place starting around the 10-year timeframe. This means there are millions of homeowners looking to upgrade their current heating and air conditioning systems.
Failing to replace an older HVAC unit can lead to higher energy bills and costly repairs. Monitoring your system – listening for noises, feeling for hot and cold spots around your home – will help you determine if it is time to look for a replacement.
Build the Right HVAC System
If your heating and cooling system is more than 10 years old or you have started noticing changes in performance, the next step is to call a heating and cooling professional. They can help you determine if it would be more beneficial to upgrade your system. Newer technology can increase your energy savings.
The expert Comfort Advisors at Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning will ask you a series of questions to understand your current environment, personal preferences, and any changes planned for the near future. Your answers will help the Comfort Advisor build the right system, with the right components. The right system will maximize your comfort and the HVAC system’s performance.
Once you have chosen the best system for your needs, Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning will coordinate your new installation with one of our install team. There are a few things you can do to help ensure a smooth installation.
Clear the Area Around the HVAC Unit
Typically, the space around the HVAC unit isn’t spacious. It is helpful if the path to the unit and the immediate area around the unit have been cleared. Furniture and other household items should be relocated to another room temporarily.
In the event the area cannot be cleared, HVAC installers will use plastic drop cloths to help protect your items.
Prepare for the Outdoor Condenser
The outdoor condenser is a major part of the HVAC system. We recommend installing the condenser in a low-trafficked area and preferably in the shade as to decrease the drain on the unit.
Prior to the day of installation, homeowners are asked to clear any debris from around the existing condenser and cut bushes and plants back. The experts recommend at least three to four feet of clearance around the unit.
It’s also important that the path from the street to the condenser be cleared of any tripping hazards or vehicles.
Ensure the Safety of Your Children and Pets
HVAC installation is delicate work with very heavy and expensive equipment. Your install team will need adequate time and space to complete the installation correctly.
They could be working with toxic chemicals, flammable gas, and electricity. They will frequently enter and exit your home and your yard. They may need to erect ladders to the attic or open crawl spaces.
For their safety, it is best if children and your pets are kept from the work areas until the work is completed. Considering the installation could take the better part of the day, it would be safest if other arrangements were made for children and pets.
Be Home During the HVAC Installation
Despite the complex work required to install an HVAC system, in most cases a residential heating and air-conditioning installation should take no more than a day to complete. Unforeseen complications could lead to delays and additional visits.
To reduce the chances of a delay, it is important one the homeowners be present during the install appointment. You will be vital to answering questions and providing access.
Gaithersburg, MD’s Premier HVAC Professionals
The professionals at Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD have provided expert advice, service, and installation since 1982. We serve Montgomery County, MD, and the Washington, DC area.
Our expert Comfort Advisors will ask a series of questions to understand your personal preferences, your current environment, and any changes that are being planned. From this information, they will work to build you the most efficient and cost-effective system. This short video explains what you can expect during an assessment.
Schedule your appointment using our online system or by calling us on 301.615.2760.