Residential Air Conditioning System Upgrade Options

Posted on: January 16, 2019

When upgrading your residential air conditioning system, there are a few options to take into consideration. Systems are now customizable in ways they never were in the past. Technology is changing quickly offering more and more energy-efficient options every year.

Before making final decisions know your options. Speak to a professional and ask questions. The following is a guide to help you understand what type of options are out there.

Split systems

A split system is when a part of the HVAC system is outdoors and the remainder is inside. This can be configured in a number of ways and is largely based on the climate in which you live. A split system is typical when both a heating and cooling system is needed. Split systems are typically efficient and affordable and provide options for homes that have no existing ducts as well as homes that do.

One option for split systems is to install a heat pump. These pumps move air from one location to another. Warm air inside the resident is transferred outside in the summer and the opposite occurs in the winter. Heat pumps do not work in every climate but for those where they do, they are energy efficient and affordable.

Zoned systems

An energy efficient solution for residential air conditioning is a zoned HVAC system. This allows the user to program the heating and cooling of the areas in the home that are being used rather than the entire home.

This is particularly useful in larger family homes where the children have moved away but return to visit often. Using a zoned system, a full section of the home can be shut down creating a more efficient heating and cooling system that saves time and energy.

Humidifiers and dehumidifiers

Climates that are particularly humid or dry need different solutions. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can be installed with the upgrading of a residential air conditioning system to address moisture levels in the home. Systems can be installed in such a way that the humidifier or dehumidifier can be controlled without needing to turn on the air conditioning.

What to consider

When choosing to upgrade a residential air conditioning system, it is important to know every option. The right system will be determined by the climate of the area in which you live, your house size and how much of the house is actually being used, existing or non-existing ductwork, how long you plan to remain in the residence and what type of split system would be optimal.

Here are a few questions to ask before upgrading:

  • How much time can be set aside to replace the system?
  • How much space needs to be cooled?
  • Is there a need to cool the whole house all the time?
  • Is there a need for heating as well as cooling?
  • Is there a need for a humidifier or dehumidifier?
  • Is an investment in a programmable thermostat worth the upfront cost?
  • What is the overall budget?
  • Are there new technologies to be aware of?

Know what your goals are in upgrading and be clear in communicating those desires whether they be efficiency, cost-savings, speed of installation or something else. An HVAC professional will help align those goals with what is available on the market with the budget you are working with.

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