Central Air Conditioning

Is central air right for your home?

You can count on summer to bring hot temperatures. Central air conditioning can help keep you cool when the temperature is at its peak. But air conditioning also has some negative aspects associated with it, so other options are available.

How Central Air Conditioning Works

Air conditioners consist of two main parts: a condenser and an evaporator. The condenser generally sits on a concrete slab outside of the home. The evaporator is located above the furnace. The same ductwork, motor or blower that is used for heating the home is also used to distribute cold air with the air conditioner. When the air conditioner is running, warm air within the home flows to the furnace as a result of the return air duct. The blower forces the hot air across the cooled evaporator coil. The ducts help distribute the air throughout the home.

Benefits of Central Air Conditioning

Most obviously, air conditioning cools your home when the weather outside is warm or humid. In comparison to ceiling fans, air conditioners provide a constant and consistent temperature. Air conditioners also cool the entire home, not just one room. While fans are loud, air conditioners are quieter and produce less of a draft.

Problems with Central Air Conditioning

Air conditioning uses a lot of electricity, which can have a negative effect on the environment. In addition, they don't come cheap, which can have a negative effect on your wallet. On average they range in cost from $2,000 to $6,000.

Ratings for Air Conditioning Systems

Check the Internet or speak to a salesperson about the air conditioner's energy efficiency and performance ratings.

Installing Central Air Conditioning

You contractor must follow the installation instructions very carefully. You can assist by being present to help guide your contractor around your property and inside your home.

Alternatives to Air Conditioning

If air conditioning is too expensive, other options are available. You could try stationary fans or ceiling fans. Also try closing your drapes to block the sun during the day, and when it's breezy, leave your windows open. It's important not only to let cool air in, but also to ensure there is sufficient airflow.