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Summer HVAC Installation Tips

Summer here in Northeast Arkansas can produce scorching temperatures in the upper 90s and even hit triple digits when the conditions are right. While the summer sun can provide us with temperatures that can be favorable for outdoor activities, it can also take a toll on your HVAC unit.

We often suggest that if your HVAC unit is 10 years or older, you replace your HVAC unit now in the spring before temperatures start to rise in the summer. While most homeowners are skeptical about the costs of a new unit and installation, most don’t consider the savings that a new, more efficient unit can provide when heating and cooling your home.

Small installation errors can greatly affect your HVAC unit's lifetime performance and efficiency. Below we provide what you should watch out for when installing a new HVAC unit.



Installing the thermostat in the wrong place

The location of your thermostat matters. This climate control appliance sends an electronic signal to your HVAC system based on the temperature it reads in your home. If it’s too close to multiple vents or in direct sunlight, the reading will be skewed toward too-hot or too-cold temperatures. This common installation mistake makes your system work harder, costing you unnecessarily.


Relying on an inexperienced contractor

Even after years of training, technicians need additional years to work on a home system. In-field experiences grant essential problem-solving and customer service skills. Plus, a seasoned professional is much more likely than an amateur to handle any problem, no matter how unusual.

A long-standing business likely has its processes and offerings down pat, making scheduling more straightforward. A fresh start-up may promise a lot at first, but you’re more likely to experience thorough convenience with a well-established contractor.


Poorly sealed ductwork

Another common issue we see from other contractors is their shoddy duct sealing work. A duct system that is well-designed and properly sealed can make a difference in your comfort. With every crack or gap in your ducts, you lose energy and money.


Choosing an improperly sized system

As skilled as they are in repairs, your contractor should be as knowledgeable about advancements in HVAC equipment. Today’s technology allows homeowners to save hundreds on their annual energy bills while keeping completely cool and warm throughout the year.

Your tech should be able to recommend a system that will fit your needs and home. One with a high seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy star rating will provide savings and comfort.


Not giving the condenser enough space.

Ensuring each component is in good working order is a fundamental part of your installation. Your condenser is the metal covering around your air conditioning’s exterior. If your contractor doesn’t give at least two feet of clearance around the sides of your unit, the system will strain to run, causing increased wear and tear.

At Mohr, we are committed to making your home service as convenient as possible, whether you need a repair, replacement, installation, or advice. We have the experience and dedication to make your home your personal sanctuary. Call Mohr for any air conditioning needs.