I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
If your home was built without air conditioning, you can add it after the fact. Installing a stand-alone air conditioning system or updating your existing system to a heat and air conditioning system are both options. Check with the heating service company that you use to get an idea of your options.
Updating Your Heating System
If you have a hot air furnace that uses air ducts that run through your home to distribute the heat from room to room, those same ducts can be used to move the cooled air as well. The system may have an option to add air conditioning on to it, but if you want to upgrade to HVAC, you may need to replace the entire system.
In many cases, the ductwork that is in the home can be used but may need to be altered to connect to the new heat and air conditioning unit. Taking some time to have the system inspected is important. While the service company is there, they can recommend a system that will work best in your home and your current situation.
Installing Air Conditioning In A New Home
Having the foresight to install an air conditioning unit in your new home as it is being built will save you a lot of time and money later. The system needs to be big enough for the house, and it is important that the vents be positioned in the home so that they work well in all the rooms. If you have a room at the very end of the duct run, it could potentially not cool as well as the rest of the home. Planning for these situations is important if you live in extremely hot areas of the country. Talk to the installer if you are concerned at all about the configuration of the air conditioning system.
Alternatives Air Conditioning Systems
Another option you might want to consider is installing a wall mounted air conditioning unit in specific rooms of your home. The advantage to this is that you can keep one room cooler than the others if you want to. Though the units might be larger and the idea of controlling them individually might be a pain, in the long run, it might save you some money because you can run the air conditioning in one part of the home.
If you like a cooler bedroom for sleeping, you can run the air cooler in that room without affecting everyone else in the home. The units can be mounted high on the wall, so they are not very noticeable and controlled by a thermostat on the wall of the room you are in. Talk to your AC installation company for help in picking the right unit.Share
19 August 2018