Furnace Replacement and AC Installation DIY Tips from Perry Heating and Cooling

Since 1949, Perry Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing has been the leading HVAC and plumbing company for Tucson, AZ and surrounding communities. With decades of experience, we understand the importance of maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home or business. While we highly recommend seeking professional assistance for major HVAC installations or repairs, there are several DIY tips that can help you prepare for furnace replacement or AC installation.

Furnace Replacement

  1. Evaluate the age and efficiency of your current furnace. If it’s over 15 years old or constantly requiring repairs, it may be time for a replacement.
  2. Calculate the appropriate furnace size for your living space. Oversized or undersized units can lead to inefficiency and discomfort.
  3. Research different furnace types, such as gas, electric, or high-efficiency models, to determine the best fit for your needs and budget.
  4. Inspect and clean the furnace area, ensuring proper clearance around the unit and removing any combustible materials.

AC Installation

  1. Measure your cooling needs based on the square footage of your home and the climate in your area.
  2. Consider the energy efficiency rating (SEER) of the AC unit. Higher SEER ratings generally mean greater energy savings.
  3. Prepare the area for the outdoor condenser unit, ensuring proper clearance and a level surface.
  4. Check for any necessary EPA certifications required for handling refrigerants during the installation process.

General Tips

  • Review local building codes and obtain any necessary permits before beginning the installation.
  • Properly insulate and seal ductwork to maximize efficiency and prevent air leaks.
  • Consider installing programmable thermostats to better control temperatures and reduce energy costs.
  • Regularly change air filters and schedule professional maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity of your HVAC system.

While DIY projects can be rewarding, it’s essential to prioritize safety and consider the complexity of HVAC installations. If you’re unsure about any step or encounter challenging circumstances, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Perry Heating and Cooling for professional assistance.