Considerations When Installing Central Air Conditioning

16 September 2015
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When those summer days come roaring in, it is best to be well prepared and more importantly, well equipped to deal with those days you would consider a scorcher. There is nothing that beats the heat better than a central air conditioning system. However, there are certain things that you should take into consideration before purchasing a central air conditioning system. Luckily, that is what this brief article is for; throughout, you will learn of several things you should take into consideration when installing a central air conditioning unit.

Time And Cost Of Installation

The fact of the matter is, having a central air conditioning unit does not take considerably long to install; although, of course, this matter varies greatly due to the contingencies of the size of the house and other factors to take into consideration. For a house that is roughly 2,000 sq. ft., you will wind up paying anywhere in the ballpark of $3,500 to $4,500, so long as there is no duct work that needs to be performed. Usually, the time of installation will take anywhere from 2 to 3 days, but generally speaking, it can be finished in 2 days. For a house that demands ducts or sufficient ductwork, the cost of installation, as well as the time of installation, are usually double. A contractor that is well versed in retrofitting can usually install the ductwork behind closet doors and in your attic with minimal invasive cutting into the heart of your home.

Selecting A Unit

Selecting a unit can be a difficult proposition, and it is one that is difficult to convey over the medium of text. This is due to the fact that there are numerous contingencies involved in the process of selecting an air conditioning unit that is right for you. These contingencies include everything from house size, the type of ducts that you are using, and the strength of the air you want circulating throughout the entirety of your home. It is best to consult with your air conditioning representative or contractor in order to pick out the unit that is best for the contingencies of your desires as well as the specifications of your home. There are numerous other things that you should take into consideration when picking out the right unit as well, including the size of the unit itself and the placement of the unit (whether inside of your home or outside).

Be Aware Of Your Ducts

Due to the manner in which an air conditioner services your home (by converting outside air into chill breezes that blow throughout your house via a condenser), the air must be adequately pushed throughout the entirety of your house. This means that if you do not have air conditioning ducts in your home, they must be installed. This is usually not a huge issue, and a skilled contractor can easily retrofit your home such that the outside ducts can be installed along your gutters and other moldings and will be rather unobtrusive. The inner works of the ducts can be installed in the backs of closets and inside of your attic, allowing for the most unobtrusive duct work you can possibly imagine.

There's nothing quite like an air conditioner, especially during those muggy summer months, but remember to take these facts about air conditioners into consideration before installing one of them. If you have more questions about installing a central air conditioner, contact a local HVAC system, such as Allcounty Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning. They will be able to come to your house, walk through, and help you identify any additional considerations that you should be aware of before you go ahead and install a central air system.