5 Aircon Installation Mistakes to Avoid

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5 Aircon Installation Mistakes to Avoid

5 July 2022
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To get relief from the hot Aussie summers, your home needs an aircon. But to safeguard your investment, you need to move forward carefully. Here are five mistakes to avoid when you get aircon installation

1. Don't get an oversized aircon

Bigger is always better, right? Well, unfortunately, not in the world of aircon. If your aircon is too big for your home, it will cool down your home quickly, but then, it will turn off quickly. It will repeat this cycle over and over, and it will last a lot of energy. 

When the aircon turns on, it uses more energy than when it's running consistently. By buying an oversized system, you get locked into this cycle. Your home may feel cool, but your energy bills will be unnecessarily high. 

2. Don't assume that you have to put aircon in the entire home

If you can't afford to put aircon in your entire home, don't worry. You can put it in just a single room or a few areas. Ducted aircon systems usually service the whole home, but if you opt for a ductless aircon, you can create a few cooling zones in your home. 

For instance, this works great if you want to add an aircon to the master bedroom or even to the whole upstairs. Or perhaps, you only want air conditioning on the main level because you prefer sleeping with the windows open. You have all kinds of configuration options. 

3. Don't overlook refrigerant line insulation

The refrigerant lines that carry refrigerant between your indoor units and your outdoor condenser should be insulated. Insulation helps to safeguard the temperature of the refrigerant. This makes your system more efficient and saves you money. 

4. Don't take a DIY approach to aircon

Aircon is a relatively complicated area. To ensure you select the right system and install it correctly, you should work with an aircon professional. For example, a professional can help you determine the size of aircon you need. 

You can't just consider the size of the room. You also have to consider the height of the ceilings, sun exposure or other factors that affect heat loads. A technician has the training to do this. Note this is just one example of how a professional can help during this process. 

5. Don't forget the programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is critical. It allows you to create a schedule for the AC based on your schedule. For instance, you don't need the AC to keep the house cool when you're not at home, but you can program the aircon to kick in right before you get home from work.