Most of us take for granted our cool air-conditioned houses in the summer. But central air conditioning was only installed in about 68 percent of houses in the United States as early as 1993.
Air conditioning technology has transformed where and how we live and work, but about 13 percent of U.S. houses still have no form of air conditioning unit.
Whether you’re in the market for a new house, or looking to make your house a little more like home, looking into installing a central air conditioning unit can place you in the right direction. With central cooling, your family will love to come indoors for a nice family dinner to get away from the outside heat. As much as we take it for granted, air conditioning really can make your house, new or old, feel more like home.
Common Questions and Concerns
If you are considering installing a central air conditioning unit in your home, you may want to know the basics of install, cost, and how it works. Below we will list some common concerns and questions so you don’t have to feel so out of the loop when considering home cooling.
Who Installs the System?
There are many talented professionals out there that can install your air conditioning for you. Get quotes from various HVAC contractors, such as Empire HVAC, and make sure you agree with their equipment. Do your research on local contractors to find the ones with good reviews, as they may be the ones taking care of all your air conditioning concerns for years to come.
What About Cost?
Costs can vary by many different variables, depending on your home’s insulation, size, and local climate you may pay more or less. The company you choose will also determine the cost of the system and install. The system and install could start anywhere from $5,000 depending on these factors.
How Long Will It Last?
Typical central cooling systems last up to ten years before any replacement is needed but can continue for up to fifteen years with proper maintenance and care. If after fifteen years things start to sputter out, its likely worth it to invest in a replacement system.
How Does it Work?
Because air conditioning can be a complicated system to explain, we will break it up into parts and briefly explain how these different parts work together to cool your home.
● Ducts: The ducts are what carries the air around your house. Ducts carry the hot air from your home to be cooled and then carry the cool air back into your rooms quietly and evenly.
● Registers: Each room will likely have at least two registers, one that connects to a supply duct for cold air, and one to a return duct for warm air. These registers are generally located near the ceiling and floor respectively and let the air from the ducts flow through your rooms.
● Air Handler: This indoor unit contains an expansion valve which will turn refrigerant into the cool liquid that flows through coils and warms it into a gas to go back to the condenser.
● Condenser: This outdoor unit takes warm refrigerant gas and converts it back to a liquid as a fan cools the coils.