Adding air conditioning to your home can help you significantly increase comfort levels during the hot summer months. Installing central air is an effective way to achieve cool temperatures throughout your home, but the installation of a central air system is a complex task that requires careful planning.
Considering important factors that can influence the performance of your air conditioning system prior to HVAC installation will help you better plan for your new cooling system.
1. The existence of air ducts.
Many aging and historical buildings do not have a series of air ducts present within the property. Since air conditioning systems are a fairly modern invention, any homes constructed prior to air conditioning becoming a standard feature will not have the ducts required to transport cooled air throughout the residence.
You will need to plan for additional time, space, and money when adding a central air system to a home with no pre-existing ductwork.
2. The condition of your home's air ducts.
Even if your home is equipped with an air duct system, you may need to factor in the condition of the ducts themselves when planning for the installation of a new central air cooling system.
Ducts that are deteriorating can lead to air leaks that will significantly reduce the efficiency of your new air conditioner. You will need to have damaged ducts repaired or replaced prior to the installation of your cooling system in order to extend the life of the appliance.
Another duct problem that you might need to address is an accumulation of dirt and debris. Your ducts can collect dust, rodent droppings, and insects that might affect the quality of your indoor air. Cleaning your ductwork thoroughly before installing a central air system will maximize the performance of your new air conditioner.
3. Your family's health needs.
Since the addition of a central air system can affect the quality of your indoor air, you will need to take your family's health needs into consideration during installation.
If your family is prone to dry skin, you might want to add a whole-house humidifier to work in coordination with your central air system. An air conditioner can lower humidity levels indoors, so supplementing your central air system with a humidifier can help increase your family's comfort level.
If respiratory ailments are a concern, then adding a purifier to your home during the installation of your central air system can be beneficial. A whole-house purifier will help eliminate any contaminants that might induce allergies or respiratory irritation from the cool air being forced throughout your home by a central air system.