Do you need a new central air conditioner? Even though your AC system still cools your home, you may still need to schedule an air conditioning installation service. If you're not sure whether it's time to replace this home comfort system, take a look at the questions to ask right now.
How Old Is the AC System?
While age isn't the only predictor of the need for an AC replacement, it is a factor. A central air conditioning system can last for up to 15 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). If your system works but is nearing the end of its lifespan, you may want to consider a replacement.
Not only are older AC systems at a greater risk for wear and tear-related failure, but it's likely your air conditioner isn't energy-efficient. New systems use energy-efficient technology that can potentially keep your home cooler at a lower cost.
Beyond the utility expense issues, older air conditioners often use HCFC-22 refrigerant. HCFC-22 (also known as R-22) is no longer made in or imported to the United States due to its eco-impact. While HCFC-22 can keep your home cool, this comfort comes at an environmental cost. Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) can deplete the Earth's protective ozone layer.
Does Your Existing System Make Sense for Your Home?
You only use a few rooms in your home. But your central system cools every area equally. The larger interior space forces the air conditioner to work harder. This can result in excess wear and tear and higher utility costs.
If you only need to cool specific areas or zones of your home, consider a mini-split ductless system. Like the name says, this system doesn't use air ducts. Instead, a ductless air conditioner has indoor air handlers and an outdoor compressor/condenser. The HVAC contractor can install the air handlers in the rooms you regularly use — and only these rooms.
Will You Add to Your Home?
Are you planning an addition, or do you want to transform unused spaces (such as a basement or attached garage) into livable areas? These home improvements require AC extensions. If you already have a central air conditioning system, you'll need to add ducts to the new rooms.
Even though this option will keep your entire home cool, you may also want to consider a ductless mini-split system installation. A ductless installation can either replace your existing air conditioner or add to it. This can save you time, money, energy, and space in the new parts of your home.
For more information about air conditioning installation, contact a local HVAC company, like Steele Brothers Heating Inc.