AC & Heater Repair in San Antonio

An Inside Look at HVAC Installation

Did you know that the quality of your HVAC installation affects your unit’s efficiency? According to Energy Star, failing to install an air conditioning unit properly could decrease the operating efficiency by as much as 30%. With so many companies doing it wrong, it is important for you to educate yourself on what a proper installation looks like. A top of the line contractor like Schmidt Mechanical will consider sizing, duct-work, airflow, and refrigerant into all of our installations.

Not all spaces are created equal, and that is important to note during the installation process. Any good contractor will talk to you about the ‘load’ that the cooling unit has to deal with. The load is the size of the room, or the home, or the building that an air conditioner is responsible for cooling. Once they figure that out, they should proceed to discuss the amount of British Thermal Units (BTU’s) that your cooling space requires. A unit that is too powerful will cycle on and off too frequently, causing it to burn out before its lifespan is complete. A unit that is too weak will overexert itself to cool a space that it is incapable of working with. Neither one is ideal, so it is vital that your contractor is on the money with his/her recommendations.

The power of your cooling unit means nothing if it isn’t backed with the proper duct-work. The ducts are responsible for carrying the conditioned air from the main hub to the rooms of your home or office. If these are installed improperly, you will lose air along the way, therefore decreasing your efficiency.

Your HVAC contractor needs to adjust your air conditioner to meet the airflow guidelines that the manufacturer has specified. Most cooling systems require a specific amount of airflow over the evaporator coil to ensure heat transfer and absorption, which allows for the cooling of your home.

Similar to airflow, your contractor will need to follow the refrigerant guidelines that the unit’s manufacturer has put in place. Failure to meet these guidelines could result in poor cooling capacity and higher energy costs.

HVAC installation is no easy task. That is why it is so important to find a professional contractor that has a reputation for getting the job done. At Schmidt Mechanical, we have experience with installations and we even offer customer friendly financing options for all of our work.

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