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When Is The Best Time to Install Air Conditioning?

best time to install air conditioning

If you’ve been thinking about installing an air conditioner system to make your property more comfortable in the summer heat waves, you’re not alone. But when is the best time to install air conditioning? 

At GLP, we offer HVAC services, including air conditioning services in Essex, and this is a question we are often asked. Choosing the best time to install air conditioning in your home includes considering the availability of your installer, whether you need planning permission or not and when you’re likely to want to use it.

The Importance of Choosing the Best Time to Install Air Conditioning

You might think any time is a good time to install air conditioning, but timing can be more important than you realise.

Seasonal Considerations

Spring and autumn are often considered the best times of the year to install air conditioning, whereas winter and summer are high in demand for air conditioning due to air conditioning units having the combination feature of heating and cooling. During off-seasons, the weather is milder, which makes it easier for installers to work as it is more difficult to find the air conditioning units themselves and for the engineers to install them. You’re also less likely to be in urgent need of cooling or heating, so you’ll have plenty of time to choose the best system for your property.

Installer Availability

Summer and winter are busy times for HVAC companies. During these peak seasons, finding an available slot for your installation can be challenging as demand is high. By planning ahead and choosing a less busy time like spring or autumn, you can avoid the rush and have a smoother installation process.

UK Regulations and Planning Permission

In the UK, you might need planning permission for certain types of air conditioning units. Usually, installing an air conditioning system on a domestic property doesn’t require planning application as the external units have little impact on the property and the surrounding properties. When installing larger units on commercial properties or restricted and protected buildings, planning permission must be approved, and noise pollution must be considered before the process takes place. This takes time, so ensure you have started this process in advance and your installer is aware of the progress. 

Air conditioning systems use a refrigerant to cool the air on your property. These coolant chemicals are called ‘F Gases’. Air con regulations mandate that anyone installing or servicing air conditioning systems needs an FGas qualification. At GLP Services, all of our air con installers are FGAS certified.

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Time to Install Air Conditioning

Choosing the right time to install air conditioning is not as simple as picking a date. Several factors can influence your decision.

Assessing Your Needs

Before consulting an installer, it’s crucial to understand what you need. Are you looking to cool a single room or the entire property? The scope of your needs will affect the type of system you should choose.

The type and size of your property also play a significant role. A small flat may only need a single unit, while a large house might require a more complex air conditioning system. Similarly, commercial properties like offices or warehouses often have different needs and regulations than residential ones. 

Weather Conditions

Extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, can make the process more difficult for our engineers to fit air conditioning units. Mild weather conditions are ideal for installation, which is why spring and autumn are often recommended.

Professional Advice

At GLP Services, we offer consultations to help you choose the best system for your property. A professional can also guide you through UK regulations, ensuring you meet all legal requirements.

Steps to Take Before Your Air Conditioning Unit Installation 

Once you’ve decided on the best time for an air conditioning install, there are some steps you can take to make sure everything goes smoothly: 

  • Check Electrical Requirements: Air conditioning units often have specific electrical needs. Make sure your property’s electrical system can handle the new addition. If you’re unsure, consult an electrician and your air conditioning installer.
  • Schedule a Pre-Installation Visit: At GLP Services, we offer a free pre-installation visit. This helps us understand the layout of your property and any potential challenges that might arise during installation.
  • Clear the Area: Before the installers arrive, make sure the area where the air conditioning unit will go is clear. This helps speed up the process and ensures a safer work environment.

How Long Does it Take to Install Air Conditioning? 

To understand how long it takes to install AC in a commercial or domestic unit, a few factors need to be considered:

  • The size of the property 
  • How many units are being installed as part of the system 
  • The type of unit being installed
  • Whether it is a brand-new installation or replacing an old unit 

A one-unit install, consisting of one indoor and outdoor unit in a domestic property, won’t take as long as a multiple-unit system on a commercial property. Your installer should be able to provide an estimate of how long they think the process will take. 

Let GLP Services Handle your Air Conditioning Installation 

Choosing the right time to install air conditioning on your property involves many factors. From assessing your needs based on property type and size to considering the weather and seeking professional advice, there’s a lot to think about. 

Ready to make your property more comfortable? Don’t hesitate to contact us at GLP Services for expert advice and top-quality commercial and domestic air conditioning installation. We’re here to help you choose the best system for your needs and ensure a smooth installation process.

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