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3 Mistakes To Avoid When Selecting A Spot To Install Your Home's New Central Air Conditioning Unit

If you live in an older home, it may have been built in a time before central air conditioning was an option. Because of this, you may have decided that you are ready to have it installed.

While making preparations for the system's installation, you may be trying to decide where to place the A/C unit in your yard. While you are making this decision, make sure that you do not make certain mistakes that could impact the air conditioner's airflow and efficiency.

1.  Picking a Spot That Is Too Far From Your Home

One mistake that you do not want to make when deciding on the placement of your home's air conditioning unit is picking a spot that is too far away from your house. You may believe that you should put the unit in a spot that is on the other side of your property so that you do not have to look at or hear it while it is running.

However, you should not have the unit placed out in the yard. Rather, it should be within a few feet of your home.

If you install the central A/C unit out in the far reaches of your property, the refrigerant pipes that are needed to carry the cold air to your house will be too long for the unit to work properly. The unit's compressor will have to work almost constantly to keep the cold air flowing to your house.  Also, the longer the pipes, the more delayed the signal will be that your house has reached a comfortable temperature.

Because of these issues caused by refrigerant pipes that are too long, your new air conditioning unit will use a lot more electricity. This will reduce its expected efficiency rating, resulting in higher electric bills. 

And, since the unit will have to run constantly to keep up with the longer pipes, its compressor, condenser, and fan motor run the risk of wearing down much faster from extreme usage.

If you cannot decide on a good spot near your house for the installation, the contractor doing the job can help you make a decision.

3.  Placing the Unit Right Next to Shrubs and Other Foliage to Camouflage It

Another mistake that you should avoid making when choosing a location for your new A/C unit is placing it right next to shrubs and other foliage. You may plan on doing so to help hide the unit and/or believe it will shade and cool it down. However, any greenery or objects that are too close to the condenser will only obstruct the airflow and make the compressor work harder.

If you already have a lot of shrubbery in plants in your yard, you do not necessarily need to rip them all up to make space for the A/C unit. Just make sure that you remove enough so that the air conditioner has at least 30 inches of space around it to keep from obstructing the airflow.

You will also need to check the surrounding greenery several times during the growing season. This will ensure that the plants are not pushing into this clearance space.

Selecting the ideal spot for your home's new A/C unit can help to make the installation process go faster while ensuring that you pick a location that will help the unit's efficiency level and keep the unit running optimally. If you are still unsure as to where to place the new unit, speak with the air conditioning contractor who will be installing your new central air system for their recommendations after they inspect your home and property.

To learn more, contact an air conditioning contractor.