Tips For Determining An AC System That Makes Sense For Your Home

Not all residential air conditioners are created equal. Today's AC products come in all shapes and sizes to meet the needs and requirements of different homeowners. While having many choices is a good thing, it can make the decision-making process harder for you. As a result, choosing the correct AC system for your home requires careful forethought.

When determining which system is right for your home, consider the following factors.

Are You Installing The System In A New Or Older Home?

In terms of how conditioned air is delivered to homes, all air conditioners fall into two broad categories: ducted and ductless systems. Most modern homes built come with HVAC ductwork already installed, making adding an AC to it relatively easy and straightforward. Older homes, on the other hand, may not have ductwork at all or may have traditional ductwork that poses a serious challenge when it comes to retrofitting a house for AC installation.

If you're choosing an AC unit for an older home without ductwork, you might be better off going for a ductless system. If you're choosing an AC unit for a house that you're building from scratch or has been built only recently, a ducted system will help you take advantage of the home's existing ductwork.

How Much Space Are You Looking To Cool?

Homes come in different sizes. Before choosing an air conditioning unit for your home, you'll need to measure its size in square footage. The bigger the number, the bigger the size of the AC you'll need to keep your home cool and comfortable in summer.

Keep in mind that other factors other than your home's square footage will impact your residential cooling load. Some of the factors include:

  1. The type of roof you have installed in your home
  2. The type of residential insulation you have
  3. The number of windows you have, their size, and glazing material
  4. The number of people that live in your home

To accurately calculate your residential cooling load, you might have to enlist the help of an experienced HVAC technician.

How Much Control Of Your Home's Indoor Climate Do You Desire?

While air conditioning systems help maintain comfortable indoor temperatures during the summer months, they can be significant users of energy at home. If you want to keep your cooling bills as low as possible, you should consider options for zoned cooling. For example, modern central air conditioners that come with zoning capabilities allow for controlled cooling of individual rooms as opposed to the traditional style of whole-house cooling.

If you don't want to opt for central air conditioning because your house lacks ductwork, ductless mini-splits can be used to achieve multi-zoning.

Reach out to a professional who provides AC installation services to learn more. 


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