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What to Expect During an Air Conditioning Installation – A Step-by-Step Guide

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Having a new air conditioning system installed in your home can be an exciting prospect, providing you with enhanced comfort, energy efficiency, and improved indoor air quality. However, it can also be accompanied by uncertainty if you are unfamiliar with the installation process. 

To help ease your concerns and provide you with a clear understanding of what to expect, Air Force Heating will walk you through the various stages of a professional air conditioning installation. Our aim is to make your installation experience as smooth and hassle-free as possible, ensuring you enjoy the benefits of your new system with minimal disruption to your daily life.

Delve deeper into each air conditioning installation stage, providing valuable insights and tips for a successful and stress-free experience. By understanding what to expect during the installation of your new air conditioning system, you can feel confident and well-prepared for the exciting improvements to your home’s comfort.

1. Initial Consultation and System Selection

The first stage of an air conditioning installation involves an initial consultation, where our experienced technicians will evaluate your home’s unique cooling needs and help you determine the best type of system to suit your requirements. Factors such as the size of your home, layout, existing ductwork, and budget constraints will be taken into consideration during this assessment. The consultation process will also involve discussions about system efficiency, warranty options, and financing possibilities.

During the system selection process, ensuring that the air conditioning system is appropriately sized for your home is important. An oversized or undersized unit can result in inefficient cooling and increased energy consumption, ultimately affecting the system’s lifespan. Our technicians will perform detailed calculations to help you choose the correct size and system to achieve optimal performance and efficiency.

2. Preparing for the Installation

Once the appropriate system is selected, there are several steps you can take as a homeowner to help prepare for the installation process:

  • Clear the Installation Area: Provide our technicians with easy access to the indoor and outdoor units, as well as any associated ductwork or electrical components. Remove any obstructions or personal items in the area to ensure a smooth and efficient installation process.
  • Allocate Parking Space: Reserve a space close to your home for our technicians’ vehicles to be parked, allowing for ease of access to their tools and equipment throughout the installation process.
  • Notify Your Neighbors: Inform your neighbors about the installation date and potential noise so they can plan accordingly and understand any minor disruptions during the process.

3. Installation Process and Best Practices

On the scheduled installation day, our qualified technicians will carry out the following steps to ensure a successful and efficient air conditioning installation:

  • Removal of Existing Equipment: Our technicians will carefully remove and dispose of your old air conditioning system components if applicable.
  • Installation of the New System: The indoor and outdoor units will be placed in the pre-determined locations, taking into consideration factors such as airflow, noise reduction, and aesthetics.
  • Ductwork and Electrical Modifications: Depending on the type of system being installed, modifications to your existing ductwork or electrical system may be required. Our technicians will make any necessary adjustments, ensuring proper system performance and adherence to all safety standards.
  • Thermostat Installation and Setup: A new thermostat will be installed and programmed to work with your new air conditioning system, providing you with efficient control over your home’s comfort levels.

Throughout the installation, our technicians will use best practices to ensure the protection of your home and minimal disruption to your daily life. Protective shoe coverings will be worn, drop cloths will be used to protect your floors, and any generated debris will be cleaned up as the installation progresses.

4. Post-Installation Testing and Inspection

Following the installation of your new air conditioning system, our technicians will perform a thorough inspection and testing process to guarantee that the system is functioning at peak performance levels. This will involve:

  • System Testing: Your new AC unit’s airflow, temperature, and overall performance will be tested to ensure it meets the desired comfort and efficiency levels.
  • Final Inspection: A detailed inspection of all components, connections, and settings will be conducted to guarantee the overall safety and functionality of the system.
  • Explanation and Demonstration: Our technicians will take the time to explain how your new air conditioning system, thermostat, and other accessories function, as well as provide tips on proper maintenance and energy-saving strategies.


Understanding what to expect during air conditioning installation can help alleviate concerns and ensure a stress-free experience. By following the step-by-step guide in this article, you can be well-prepared for each installation stage, from the initial consultation to the final system inspection and testing.

Investing in a professional air conditioning installation by our qualified technicians is integral to achieving optimal comfort, efficiency, and longevity of your system. Contact us today to request a consultation or schedule an AC installation in Calgary and Airdrie with our expert technicians at Air Force Heating!