Opting for central air conditioning is a big step, and one that many Phoenix homeowners take happily as they look forward to the comfort that the cool air will bring. But there is the little matter of installation to consider, and some less known factors that are tied up in that.
1. What you can afford
Before making any major purchase, including central air conditioning, first create a budget for yourself. Determine how much you can afford and let that drive and inform your decision making, rather than falling in love with a particular model or set of features regardless of price.
2. Getting the right size
If you ask a Phoenix AC professional, he will tell you that getting air conditioning equipment that has been properly sized is essential. To get an AC system with the right capacity, you must consider not just the size of the rooms to be cooled, but also the local climate, the function of each room (bathrooms and kitchens require extra cooling), the usual number of occupants of a given room, the quality of insulation in the house and other factors. The best way to do a thorough job with this step is to have a professional do a load calculation for our whole home.
3. Working with what you have
Many homes have ductwork already in place, which is great for adding central air. If your home does not have ductwork installed already, then consider a ductless mini-split system as an alternative to the expensive and time-consuming task of installing new ductwork.
4. Where to place the outdoor unit
The outdoor condenser/compressor unit should be carefully and strategically placed for optimal operation and functionality. It should be on a concrete or vinyl pad, with space between it and the house and with no vegetation encroaching upon it. Consider all these things when choosing a place for it to rest. A professional installer will know how to place it properly.
You can see that purchasing and installing central air conditioning is not a particularly simple process, but that’s only because there are these important things to consider. With careful consultation with a Phoenix air conditioning professional like Cool Touch Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical to guide you, it does not have to be a stressful or frustrating task.