If you’re thinking about replacing your old air conditioning unit with central air, congratulations! It’s one of the best decisions you can make to improve your home’s comfort for the upcoming hot days. Before you rush out to choose the very first unit you see, here are some suggestions you should take heed of to ensure that your central air conditioner installation is done just right.
First, you need to understand that there are three types of whole house air units for you to choose from.
Central air conditioning units
Central AC units distribute cold air through ducts. If you can’t remember the last time that you had the ducts in your home serviced, you should have them inspected before you start making any product selections. If your ducts are dirty or they are not properly sealed, you should have your local HVAC tech clean seal them before installing your new AC unit. This will enable your choice of air conditioner to blow more cool air, be more efficient and consume less energy.
Heat pump air conditioning units
If one of your primary reasons for replacing your home’s air condition unit is because the temperatures get too hot inside of your home, you may want to consider a heat pump air conditioner. A heat pump air conditioner removes warm air from inside of your home to the outside. One bonus to having a heat pump unit is that when the temperatures drop and it becomes cold outside, the device removes cold air from the outside, arms it and sends it inside of your home. You can save a great deal of money on your utility bills and heating and cooling costs with a heat pump system. Most people use their heat pumps for seven to 10 months out of the year.
Split duct systems
Split ducts work a bit differently than heat pumps and central air conditioner units. Split duct systems are idea or homes where it is not feasible to renovate or install ducts. It is not necessary to have ducts in the property in order to install and use a split duct system.
The way they work is really simple. The condenser of the system is installed outside and several blower units are installed high on the walls of the house. The HVAC tech connects these components with tubing, a drain line and electrical wiring. All of the connections are hidden so you only see the blower units on the walls and the condenser outside. Although they have fewer parts than the other types of whole house air conditioning units, they are more expensive. DIY installation is not recommended.
Size of the home
To ensure you make the right decisions, you need to think about the size of your home. Air conditioners are not designed to be one-size-fits-all solutions. They’re capacities determine how suitable they are for different spaces. You’ll need to dig a little deep to research the units that are suitable for your home’s size and cooling needs. You should also check out their energy efficiency ratings, warranties and features. If in doubt or interested in a particular model or style of unit, ask your HVAC tech for advice and recommendations.
Even though the summer heat is on its way, you should not rush your decision. Replacing and installing an air conditioner unit is a major decision and investment that can pay off for many years if you make the right one.
For more information about the different type of air conditioning units you can use to cool your entire home or for assistance with any HVAC matter, contact us at PJ’s HVAC by dialing 615-645-3233.