If you want to keep your home cool, you need an air conditioner. However, did you know that where your unit is placed will have a lot to do with just how cool your home is and how long the system lasts? The placement of an air conditioning system affects its performance. If you have plans to install a new unit, learn about some of the placement factors you should keep in mind.
Direct Sunlight Exposure
Ideally, all homeowners should work hard to ensure the placement of their new air conditioner is out of the direct path of the sun. When a unit is in the sun's path, the system may be forced to work harder, which may result in long-term damage and increased usage costs.
First, the air around the unit will likely be hotter due to the sun. As a result, the system will be forced to work harder to cool the air. The extra effort means more wear and tear on the unit and possible warmer temperatures inside. Installing the system in a shadier area can tremendously cut down on these issues.
You also need to ensure that wherever you install the unit there is plenty of ventilation. An air conditioning only performs when it is able to pull in air from the outside. Any shortage of air availability around the unit will cause issues inside your home, in terms of temperature control.
An air conditioner also needs proper ventilation to prevent it from overheating. A unit that overheats will typically have a shortened life span, as it can cause some of the more important components in the system, such as the compressor or motor, to fail.
Dual Unit Placement
If you happen to have a larger home that will require more than one air conditioner unit to support your home, you should also take precautions when it comes to placement. For example, you may need to install a unit on each side of the home.
If you have limited space, you do not want to install the two units too close to one another as you could experience some of the issues mentioned above. In order to ensure your units last as long as possible, it may be better to install a single unit on each side of your home.
Rest assured, the HVAC professional you task with installing the unit will also be able to provide you with helpful tips on where to place your unit, so you will be in good hands. For more information on AC system installation, talk to an HVAC contractor.