Many older homes were never built to accommodate air conditioning. Installing air conditioning into a home that has no capacity for central air and no room for duct work can be a challenge. There are pros and cons to every style of air conditioner installation. These tips will help you pick the right air conditioner installation method for your needs.
Installing Ducts in Attic or Basement
If the walls are too small to accommodate duct work, one of the options that homeowners may have is to install ducts in the attic or basement. This method allows for installation of a traditional air conditioning system which is capable of cooling the entire home. However, there are disadvantages. To begin with, installing ducts anywhere involves removal of plaster or millwork in the home, cutting through perfectly fine walls to install air registers. Installing ducts in the attic is also energy inefficient, as attics can get as hot as 130 degrees Fahrenheit on a hot summer day, which causes the air in the ducts to become heated as it travels throughout the home.
Lowering the Ceiling
In some cases, there is no room in the attic or basement for installation of duct work. Lowering the ceiling or installing walls around the ducts allows hidden ducts to be placed throughout the home, but this method is highly invasive and can get very expensive. In addition, installation of extra walls and changing ceiling heights can be damaging to the aesthetic appeal of the home.
Installing Ductless Air Conditioners
Many homeowners have never heard of ductless air conditioners. Ductless air conditioners are an efficient, modern method of supplying air conditioning to the entire home or just parts of the home, depending on the need. Ductless air conditioners often involve less retrofitting than installation of ductwork in older homes and so can seem less invasive. When properly sized for the space being cooled, ductless air conditioners are more efficient than forced-air AC options. While air heats up as it travels through ducts, this can't happen for ductless units.
There are some disadvantages to ductless air systems, however. To begin with, ductless units are more expensive up front than traditional central air units. However, ductless units often cost less to operate and so involve less expense over time. In addition, choosing the right size of ductless unit for the space being cooled is something of an art. Picking the wrong size for the space could lead to maintenance and functionality issues over time.
Summer is coming, so now is the time to get your air conditioning unit installed. For more information about which type of air conditioning installation is right for your home, contact an experienced air conditioner technician like Uni-Serv Air Conditioning Co today.Share