There are many factors that go into determining the right air conditioning solution for your home, though most homeowners aren't familiar with as many of them as they should be. This often leads to decisions that aren't necessarily in your home's best interest. Before you dismiss the idea of installing central air conditioning or choose the wrong system for your home, you should talk with an air conditioning installation technician. Here are a few things to discuss with them.
Do You Have Existing Duct Work?
Does your home already have an air duct system for heating? If your heating system is made up of radiators and there are no existing air ducts, you'll have to consider the added cost of installing an air duct system for some central air conditioning models. This will significantly affect your budget and may push this type of air conditioning out of your price range.
Would You Rather Have Ductless AC?
If you want to install air conditioning but don't want to incur the added expense of installing air ducts in your home, you should talk with your air conditioning contractor about the possibility of ductless AC. Often referred to as a mini-split system, these air conditioning systems have all the benefits of a traditional central air conditioning system without the need for air ducts. That can make this type of air conditioning easier on your budget.
What Size Air Conditioner Do You Need?
When traditional central air conditioning is the right choice for your home, you'll also have to determine what size the condenser needs to be. Every air conditioning condenser is rated in BTU (British Thermal Units), which determines how powerful the system is and how much cooling it offers.
The right air conditioner size will vary depending on how many floors your home has, what the layout is, and how many walls and obstructions there are to disrupt airflow throughout the space. Your air conditioning installation contractor can tell you what BTU range is the ideal choice based on these factors. It's best to opt for a unit that's in the middle of the range of what works for your home to avoid units that are over or underpowered for the space.
Talk with an air conditioning installation contractor today about these points and any others that may affect your decision. The sooner you choose the right model for your home, the sooner you'll enjoy a cooler, more comfortable living space this summer.