Whether you live in St. Joseph, Platte City, or other outlying areas of the Kansas City metro, having a new air conditioning system installed isn’t quite as easy as calling the first HVAC contractor you come to in the Yellow Pages. There are many factors that can impact how well your equipment cools your home, its energy efficiency, and more. In addition, you want a company who is reputable, trusted, and who you can rely on for professional installation. When a cooling system is not installed properly, it can result in a multitude of problems down the road!

Before you make that call, do a little research. You want to know which models are most energy efficient, whether there may be incentives available for homeowners or tax breaks, and of course how much a new heating/cooling system will cost. Cost depends on a variety of factors including size, brand, type of cooling system, and more.

What are the four factors that count when it comes to successful, professional installation?

Sizing. Air conditioners must be properly sized for the homes they work to cool. A system that is either too big or too small will result in a home that’s less comfortable, and increased energy costs. Square footage, how well your home is insulated, how effectively it holds a certain temperature – all of these things matter when it comes to choosing a cooling system that is the right size for your home. Too small a system, and your home may be uncomfortably warm all summer long; too large a system, and you may experience substantial fluctuations in temperature because the system comes on and shuts off too often.

Ductwork. The ductwork is what delivers conditioned air to the rooms of your home via the air vents or registers. When the ductwork is not insulated or has holes/leaks, your home won’t be as cool as it should be. In fact, leaky ductwork can mean cooled air is going right outside, into crawl spaces or other small passages where the ducts may be installed. In addition, leaks at the joints or holes allow for warm air to get inside your ductwork, which means the cooled air coming into your home won’t be as cool as it should be.

Airflow rates. Most manufacturer’s have requirements when it comes to the airflow rates for their air conditioning systems. If the airflow rate is not adjusted properly, it could reduce home comfort. A qualified, professional technician will ensure the A/C’s blower fan is operating properly and the airflow rate adjusted to the manufacturer’s requirements.

Refrigerant charge. In order for your new cooling system to keep your home cool and comfortable through the hot summer months we often experience in the Kansas City area, it must be charged with a specific amount of refrigerant.

Ultimately, you want to make sure the company you choose to install your new A/C system staffs dedicated professionals who understand how vital proper installation is to the overall functioning and life of your system, and who will work with you to help determine the proper size/type of cooling system for your needs. At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, Inc. we take care of your air!