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Where is the Best Spot to Install Your AC?

If you’re installing a new HVAC system in your home, you may be wondering about the right placement for your indoor and outdoor units. You may not think that placement matters too much, but it really does. Protecting your HVAC system from the elements outside and having it in a central location inside your home can make a big difference.

If you’ve been searching for “air conditioning installation near me” then you’ll be happy to learn that our team is here to help. Keep reading to learn more about the things you need to consider when choosing a spot in your home for AC installation.

Indoor AC Unit Considerations

If you are replacing an existing unit, you likely already have a closet or space dedicated to the indoor unit of your AC. But that doesn’t mean the best placement was chosen at the time of the original installation. While it can be a hassle, moving your unit to a better space can make a difference in how well it runs. 

If you’re installing a brand new unit in a new house, you may make sure to discuss your placement options with your technician. Ideally, the indoor portion of your unit should be centrally located. It needs to be away from any heat sources like appliances that you keep on for most of the day. This may include your refrigerator, lamps, or electronics.

Your unit should be tucked away in a closet or maybe in your attic, but still easy to reach when needed. If the unit is out of sight, it is protected from any potential damage from people walking by and knocking it, spilling things around it or pets chewing on components. 

Outdoor AC Unit Considerations

Ideally, you want to put your unit somewhere that it can get a good amount of shade. The hotter your outdoor unit gets, the harder it will have to work to keep your home cool in the summer. When your outdoor unit is away from direct sunlight, there’s less strain during cooling cycles. 

It is best to to install the unit on the side of your house that provides the most natural shading during the hottest parts of the day. In some cases it may also be a good idea to consider creating a small cover that will provide added shade for the unit without hindering its ability to disperse air.

Remember, too, that if you have trees that shed a lot of leaves or pine needles, clearing these away regularly will be crucial to your HVAC system running efficiently. Too much debris can get caught in your outdoor unit and impact how it works, even leading to system breakdowns. 

If you have a pet that goes outside, like a dog, make sure that your outdoor unit is well protected. Dogs can have a tendency to chew on parts or urinate around the unit which can impact how well your air conditioner runs. You can go to your local hardware store and find a low-barrier fence to put around your AC unit to keep pets away. 

JMS Air Conditioning and Heating has your back. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your AC installation in Glendale, CA! 

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