How will you keep your home cool this summer?
When homeowners need to find a way to beat the heat, they often have to decide between a traditional window air conditioner OR a central air conditioner. A central air conditioning system offers many advantages over conventional air conditioning systems. In comparison to window air conditioners, central air is one of the most effective and efficient ways to circulate cool air throughout the house.
Benefits of central air conditioning:
- Central air conditioners can actually improve indoor air quality due to the filtration systems that can trap lint, dust, pet dander, and allergens.
- Central air conditioning can cool multiple rooms instead of just one room.
- Central air conditioners are much quieter than a window air conditioner.
- Central air conditioning systems do not take up indoor space and keep the home looking modern.
- Central air conditioners are easy to operate. Whether there is a single zone or multiple zones, the system is conveniently controlled by a thermostat that can be programmed to run at certain times and temperatures.
- Central air conditioning provides the best security. When you open the windows at night to cool your home, you also open yourself up to unwanted intruders.
Higher efficiencies mean lower utility bills.
Today's air conditioners are more comfortable and efficient than ever. A whole new generation of central air conditioning systems are now available with higher efficiencies, variable speed fans for quieter operation, and programmable thermostats for better temperature control. Add to this the increased resale value of the house, and you can see why the addition of central air conditioning is such a popular home improvement.
How easy is it to install central air conditioning in an older home?
It depends on your existing heating system. If it is a “forced air” system, which has a blower and ducts, then the addition of central air conditioning could be fairly simple. All that’s required is the addition of an indoor cooling coil to your furnace, an outdoor condensing unit, an electrical circuit, and the proper thermostat. Modification or replacement of the furnace blower and existing ducts may be necessary if they're too small or inadequate.
If your existing heating system uses steam or hot water, there are no ducts or a central blower. In this case, ductwork will have to be installed in the attic, basement or ceiling, OR you can invest in new technology like the ductless heat pumps by Bryant. Ductless heat pumps require no ductwork and can both heat and cool your home.
Once you’ve decided you want central air conditioning, there are four important factors to consider:
- The first is the efficiency of the unit. This is indicated by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, rating. The higher the number, the greater the efficiency. The greater the SEER, the lower the operating costs.
- Next is the capacity of the unit. Too large a unit will result in short operating cycles that will not adequately remove humidity. Too small a unit may not be able to maintain a comfortable temperature on the hottest days. We can help you determine the correct capacity.
- The third is the power supply. We can help you determine if your present electrical power supply is adequate to handle the added load of a central air conditioner.
- Finally, there’s the overall energy efficiency of the home. To obtain the maximum benefit of a high-efficiency unit, your home may require additional insulation and weather-stripping.
Whenever you want cool, comfortable, cleaner air, consider the experts at Day Heating & Cooling. We’re dedicated to providing the very best investment you can make in ensuring the comfort of you and your family. Call today. Salem 503-363-4822 and Corvallis 541-452-5111