If your air conditioner left you feeling the heat this past summer, it's time to invest in a new unit. Having a new air conditioner installed will help to ensure a cool, comfortable summer next year. If you're going to invest in a new air conditioner, you need to make sure that the installation goes off without a hitch. You might not realize this, but mistakes during the installation can reduce the efficiency of your new air conditioner. Most of the mistakes can be avoided by taking a few simple steps prior to the installation. Here are some tips that will help to ensure efficiency for your new air conditioner. 

Inspect Your Concrete Pad

You might have noticed that your air conditioner condenser rests on a concrete pad. That pad plays an important role. First, the concrete pad keeps your condenser level, which allows for the efficient use of refrigerant. Second, the concrete pad helps to keep mud and standing water out of your condenser. Finally, the concrete pad keeps pests away. Before you have your new air conditioner installed, take the time to inspect the pad. If you see cracks or chips, have the concrete repaired before you have your new air conditioner installed. 

Invest in a New Duct System

It's not uncommon for homeowners to have their new air conditioner installed using their existing ductwork. While this practice might save money in the short term, it can cause some long-term problems. For instance, if there are leaks in the existing ducts, your new air conditioner won't provide a sufficient flow of air. Also, if they're dirty, you'll be blowing all that debris straight through to your new air conditioner. The best way to ensure efficiency for your new air conditioner is to include a new duct system in the package. 

Install the Drainage System Right 

Installing the drainage system wrong can cause a lot of problems for your new air conditioner and for your home. Unfortunately, most homeowners don't take the time to make sure that the drainage system is working properly. In fact, most don't even realize that poor AC drainage can lead to moisture problems inside the house. If you're going to have a new air conditioner installed in your home, make sure the drainage system is sufficient for the task. Have your HVAC contractor inspect the drainage system for your existing AC. If it's not the right type for your home, have a new drainage system installed with your air conditioner. 

To learn more, contact an air conditioner installation contractor.