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Central Air Conditioning Your Complete Buyer’s Guide is Here

Image of Jack Devetten the Professer of Plumbing talking about central air conditioning

Hey there, homeowners! Jack the Professor of Plumbing here. Just to remind you that warm, is an understatement during Alberta summers. Therefore you don’t want to rely on a single fan to keep you cool. I’m excited to help you find the perfect central air conditioning system for your home. Because I want to make sure you make the best choice for your needs. Here’s what you should consider.

4 Things to Consider When Buying Central Air Conditioning

An image of a central air conditioning unit located beside a house.

Size and Layout of Your Home:
• To start, let’s assess the size and layout of your home. Because you need a system that’s just right. Not too big, not too small. This makes sure every room has efficient cooling and comfort at the same time.

Budget and Energy Efficiency:
• Since I know budget is always top of mind. Look for systems that balance upfront costs with long-term savings. High SEER ratings mean better energy efficiency, and therefore translating to lower utility bills.

Noise Level:
• But unlike noisy window units, central air conditioning systems operate quietly. This is because the main components are located outside. Therefore you can enjoy a cool and serene indoor environment without the constant hum of a unit.
• Obviously, nobody wants a noisy system disrupting their peaceful home. Check the noise levels of potential units to make sure you pick one that runs quietly in the background.

Warranty and Reliability:
• In short, you need a system with a solid warranty and a reliable brand known for durability. This will give you peace of mind.

Additional Central Air Conditioning Features

Think about what extra features might enhance your comfort. Features like, programmable thermostats, air purifiers, and zoning capabilities can all add to enhance your system’s efficiency. By considering these features, you are able to make smart and informed decisions. Ace Plumbing and Heating is there 24/7 to help you.

5 Fantastic Benefits of Central Air Conditioning.

Consistent Comfort:
• Say goodbye to hot spots! Because central air conditioning keeps your entire home at a perfect, consistent temperature. Every room feels just right, no matter how hot it is outside.

Improved Air Quality:
• Central AC systems do a lot more than just cool your home. They also improve your indoor air quality. With built-in filters, they trap dust, pollen, and other allergens, making your home a healthier place to live.

Energy Efficiency:
• Modern central air systems are designed to be super energy efficient. As a result high SEER ratings mean they use less energy to keep your home cool. This translates to lower utility bills as well as a smaller carbon footprint.

Increased Home Value:
• Thinking about future resale? Central air conditioning is also a big selling point. Buyers love the comfort and efficiency of a well-maintained central AC system. This also makes your home more attractive on the market.

Convenience and Control:
• Generally central AC systems are controlled by a single thermostat. Nearly, all are programmable and come with many smart options. This means you can set it to your liking as well as adjusting it remotely. This way your home is always the perfect temperature when you walk through the door.

The Right Size Air Conditioning System.

Image of a exterior central air conditioning unit

Next let’s dive into how you can determine the right size for your central air conditioning system. It’s a bit like choosing the right tool for the job. Because you need a perfect fit to get the best results. Here are 7 ways to do it.

Measure Your Home’s Square Footage:
• Start by measuring the total square footage of your home. This gives you a baseline for understanding how much cooling capacity you’ll need. Besides, bigger isn’t always better. A unit that is too large can be as problematic as one that’s too small.

Consider Your Home’s Insulation:
• Check the insulation in your walls, attic, and floors. Good insulation helps maintain cool air inside, reducing the load on your AC. Poor insulation might require a more powerful unit.

Evaluate Ceiling Height:
• Don’t forget to factor in the height of your ceilings. Higher ceilings mean more air space to cool, which can impact the size of the system you need.

Count Your Windows:
• The number and type of windows matter too. Large, south-facing windows can let in a lot of heat, increasing the cooling load. Energy-efficient windows help keep the cool air in and the hot air out.

Think About Climate:
• Your local climate plays a huge role. Homes in hotter climates need larger units to maintain a comfortable temperature. Don’t overlook this important aspect.

Perform a Manual J Calculation:
• For the most accurate sizing, consider a Manual J load calculation. This professional assessment considers all these factors and more, ensuring you get the perfect system size.

5 Types of Central Air Conditioning Systems

The different types of central air conditioning systems available for your home. For instance, just like choosing the right design elements for a renovation. Picking the right AC system is crucial. Let’s dive in!

Split Systems:

These are the most common type, consisting of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit connected by refrigerant lines.
Benefits: They offer powerful and efficient cooling for your entire home. Split systems are great for homes with existing ductwork and as a result provide consistent temperatures throughout.

Packaged Systems:

With this system all components, the compressor, condenser, and evaporator, are housed in a single unit. They are typically installed on the roof or on a concrete slab next to the foundation.
Benefits: Perfect for homes without a lot of indoor space for HVAC equipment. They’re compact, easy to install, and maintain, making them a convenient choice.

Ductless Mini-Split Systems:

They consist of an outdoor unit and one or more indoor air-handling units mounted on walls, all connected by refrigerant lines.
Benefits: Ideal for homes without existing ductwork. Because they allow for zoned cooling, you can cool specific areas as needed, saving energy and money. Plus, they’re super quiet and easy to install.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Unlike other systems heat pumps use the stable temperature of the ground to heat and cool your home, by also utilizing underground pipes filled with a heat-transfer fluid.
Benefits: Extremely energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. They offer significant long-term savings on your energy bills and have a longer lifespan than traditional systems.

Hybrid Systems

Are a combination of a traditional air conditioning system as well as a heat pump. Consequently allowing the system to switch between electricity and fossil fuels for heating and cooling.
Benefits: These systems are incredibly energy-efficient and can provide significant savings on energy costs, especially in areas with varying temperatures.

Air Conditioning Installation Is Not A DIY Project

It is always recomended to consult with Ace Plumbing and Heating, regarding air conditioner installation. Why? Because their certified technicians can provide a precise calculation and make sure your system is tailored to your home’s specific needs. If you follow these steps, you will make sure your new central air conditioning system is perfectly sized for maximum comfort and efficiency.

And There You Have It!

Finally, central air conditioning isn’t just about staying cool. It is about enhancing comfort in you home, it’s efficiency, and value. Also, choosing the right type of central air conditioning system is like finding the perfect piece of furniture for your living room. It needs to fit just right and meet your needs. Because each type has its own set of advantages. So consider your home’s layout, existing infrastructure, and your personal preferences. Are you ready to enjoy these benefits? Let’s get started on making your home the ultimate comfort zone!

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