Purchasing a new air conditioner, of course, is a very important undertaking. You not only want to make sure it’s energy efficient and the right size, you also want to make sure the outside portion of the system is in the right location. Don’t simply assume that the spot where the old unit was located is right for the new one. If you do, you could be at risk of losing a great deal of efficiency and paying a lot more money than necessary in the long run.
Cool it Off
It’s critical to the efficiency of your new air conditioner that the outside unit is placed on the correct side of the house – preferably the north side. The reason is that you don’t want it to be in direct sunlight. It’s much better to have the unit in a place where it will get the maximum amount of shade because it won’t need to use as much power to keep you cool. In fact, putting it in a well-shaded area could make the air being pumped into your home as much as six degrees cooler than if it were in direct sunlight. That may not sound like a lot, but it can make a huge difference in how hard your system has to work. That, in turn, can lead to substantial savings each month on your energy bill.
It’s also important that the outside portion of your new air conditioner be situated in a way that makes it easier to maintain. For example, the unit needs to be installed in a manner that the inside coil can be easily reached for cleaning. Also, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough room on all sides for air to flow freely. Make sure the area stays clear of shrubbery and debris – again, it will work more efficiently and you’ll save money.
Even though you may want to have the outside portion of your new air conditioner in an area that isn’t used that often, doing so would really be short-sighted. Don’t let aesthetic concerns outweigh the more important considerations of efficiency and cost savings. Call Metro Express Service at 972-263-2500 or contact us online and we’ll make sure your new unit is in exactly the right spot.