Air conditioning is not a luxury in the oppressive summer heat. If your HVAC system is down or you are looking into one for the first time, there are some guidelines you should keep in mind as you make your purchase decision. Here are some Air Conditioner Installation Best Practices:
* All necessary equipment should be sourced from established manufacturers with a history of providing replacement parts and technical support.
* Installation should only be performed by qualified, licensed professionals.
* All materials must be compliant with the Australian Standards and Best Practice Programs.
* You should be provided with a copy of the technician’s completed installation checklist and a brief schedule of recommended maintenance procedures.
Any technician who does not agree to guarantee compliance with each item above should not be trusted to install a HVAC system. The three items below will also help you keep cool while saving money and avoiding any legal issues.
Prolonged exposure to noise has been shown to be hazardous to human health. You are responsible not only for your own safety, but also limiting the noise pollution your HVAC system subjects your neighbors to. The 1997 Environment Protection Act and 2005 Environment Protection Regulations both establish legal guidelines for how much noise your air conditioner may legally produce.
Noise levels are measured at the boundary of your property if you live in a house, and in your neighbor’s apartment(s) if you live in a multi-unit complex. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is legally empowered to issue an Environment Protection Order requiring immediate action to correct any air conditioner found to be producing more than the legal limit of noise. Failure to fix the problem results in an immediate fine.
You do not want to go through that hassle. Instead, select the quietest unit you can. The lack of noise will benefit you and your family just as much as your neighbors. It can also be beneficial to install the unit as far away from neighbors as possible, just in case it is louder than expected.
2. Control Your System
Your new HVAC system has a control panel for a reason. Whether it is an electronic thermostat or an automation system, you can turn down your AC to save money on your energy bills when nobody is inside the dwelling or you are all in bed for the night. You can also crank it up if you are feeling especially warm. If you do not understand how to control your HVAC system, ask your installer to explain how everything works.
3. Night Setback
An efficiency expert can advise you on the best times to lower or shut down your system. For example, operating all of your vents during the overnight, when few if any people are working, can needlessly increase a company’s power bill. Likewise, starting the system burns more energy than normal operation, so it should not be done if a space is only going to be occupied for five minutes or so.
In general, everything should be turned off when not in use. Air conditioning should be lowered, if not disabled, when a space will not have anyone in it for a while. Outdoor dampers should be closed when no one is around, while chillers and other cooling equipment should be disabled if possible.
Finally, you should do your homework before purchasing a HVAC system. Different regions and climates produce different climate control needs, so you need to ensure your system is right for the location. Embracing these best practices will help you conserve energy and save money over the long run.