Central air systems: one of the greatest modern innovations. When the summer heat becomes unbearable, simply retreat into your home to relax in a cool, comfortable environment. No more sweating in your own home or tossing and turning in the heat of your bedroom.
Before you install that central air system, there are some important things you need to know. Installing central air is a big job, so it’s important to be as educated on it as possible before you book your installation.
Top 6 Things to Consider Before Installing a Central Air System
Proper sizing of the central air system is extremely important to ensure that the system works properly–plus, sizing incorrectly can be costly! Undersizing will cause a system to run constantly without ever fully cooling the home, whereas oversizing will be a waste of energy and money.
There’s a lot that goes into the calculations, including the size of the room, the energy necessary, and the type of room (is there a lot of windows, or a kitchen?). Ultimately, exact sizing of the system is crucial, and something best left to the professionals.
One of the advantages of a central air system is that they tend to be quieter than other systems. However, the exact noise level depends on the system itself. When shopping for AC systems, be sure to check their noise level. You could also ask an HVAC professional what their thoughts are!
Energy efficiency has become one of the most important factors in installing a central AC system, and for good reason. Energy-efficient systems are far more cost-effective and will heavily reduce your energy bills.
When looking at the energy efficiency of systems, there will be two numbers: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) and EER (Energy Efficiency Rating). The higher each of these numbers is, the more energy-efficient the unit will be. Most systems these days will have at least 14 SEER.
In addition, you can look for an Energy Star certified central air system. These systems use about 8% less energy than other systems.
Installing With Pre-Existing Ducts
If your home has ductwork already, you can use it to your advantage. After inspecting the ductwork, your HVAC technician can install an AC that uses those ducts.
However, if your ducts are old or leaky, you could be losing a lot of energy, and therefore a lot of money. If this is the case, you can choose to pay for sealing, install a new set of ducts, or install a ductless system as a less expensive option.
Installing Without Pre-Existing Ducts
Fortunately, you can have a central air system even if there are no ducts in your home! You could opt for a duct installation, but ductless systems are another great option.
Unlike a typical AC system which has one or two blower units, a ductless system requires several individual units in the house. You’ll also need a compressor and a condenser outside. These systems tend to be more costly and less efficient than duct systems, but can be worth it if you don’t want to install an entirely new set of ducts in your home.
Filters are a necessity in a central air system, and we highly recommend a high-efficiency filter. Filters clean air as it moves through your systems, ridding it of dust and allergens.
Not only does this make your air cleaner and safer to breathe, it also keeps the insides of your system from getting dirty and becoming less efficient. Ultimately, it will be a lot more costly to have a professional clean your system than it will to pay for an efficient filter.
Install Central Air Systems in Edmonton
If you’re ready to install a central air system in your home, Max Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. We want to help you cool your home in the most energy-efficient, cost-effective way possible. Get your free quote from us today to get started on making your home more comfortable than ever!