How Does A Central A/C System Work?
Central A/C systems are different from window mounted A/C systems in that the condenser sits on a roof or in any open space. The air cools when the condenser sends it to the air handler through coolant absorption pipes, then the air handler finally sends the cool air to the rooms of your house through your ventilation system.
Low range central A/C systems cost around $3,000, $5,000 for a midrange unit, and $10,000 for top-of-the-line A/C systems. Homeowners make the best decision when they understand their needs and how their new central A/C systems can accommodate those needs in a user friendly, efficient way.
Air Conditioning Can Be Green
According to analysis done by the Energy Information Administration in 2001, air conditioning accounts for more than 15% of the energy use of the average home, creating 119 million tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the amount of CO2 spewed by 20 million cars each year. This is why air conditioning manufacturers are phasing out ozone-destroying greenhouse gases like R-22. R-22 production dropped by 90% in 2015, so if you want to be green you can always double check which manufacturers to trust and reach out to.
Upgrades to the Central A/C System
More A/C users are switching from mounted A/C systems to central ones because they are a lot more capable and quiet. Outdated central A/C systems only offered temperature control and air speed features, and made sense only for offices and family homes, but now they are giving the user far more control, making them the right choice for you and your family’s comfort. Modern central A/C systems are more intelligent and efficient, in an event where the house is empty the thermostat can switch off the unit, saving you wasteful energy bills. Furthermore, what are called air-louver-control boxes, can help you control where the cool air goes throughout your house after they are installed in your ventilation system, eliminating wasting energy on vacant rooms.
Prevent “duct losses”
Most homeowners with central A/C units don’t check their ducting for flaws after they’ve installed their new system. One valuable tip is to consult with a duct worker or an auditor to check for any air leakage from your ventilation, these leaks or “duct losses” usually occur in the duct joints, sealing them saves you energy and money.
Instead of buying a mounted A/C to cool new space, reaching it with a new ducting path connected it to your central A/C is easy, efficient and cost effective. Whether you’re digging out a new basement, building a shed or planning to make more living space in your house, central A/C’s are flexible and can accommodate to an extent unless the new living space is too large, causing it to overload.