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UPGRADING FROM A WINDOW UNIT TO CENTRAL AC

  • Do you have window AC units? If you want to free your windows, take a look at window unit-to-central air conditioning questions homeowners have answered.

Do you have window AC units? If you want to free your windows, take a look at the top window unit-to-central air conditioning questions homeowners have answered.

Should You Upgrade Your AC System?

A window air conditioner cools one room at a time. While this type of unit can effectively cool your bedroom, living room, or other interior space, it won't help your whole home. If you don't have a large area to cool or only spend time in some rooms, a window AC unit is a cost-effective option — especially if your home has radiator or another ductless type of heating system.

But if you want to cool your whole home, an upgrade to a central air conditioning system is an upgrade to seriously explore. Before you make a decision, consider:

  • How cool is your home? If you're completely comfortable in your home, you may not need this type of upgrade. But if you sweat and swelter during warm weather, central AC will keep you cool all season long.
  • What is your home project budget? Even though a central AC system costs more to install than a single wall unit, the HVAC contractor can help you to find models at different price points.
  • Does your home have air ducts? If not, you'll either need to install ducts (adding to the price) or choice a ductless system.
  • Will you sell your home in the future? The would-be buyer might want the comfort a central air conditioner offers. This HVAC upgrade can add value to your home.
  • How often do you use the AC? If you aren't home often, you may not need central air conditioning.

Whether you already have an upgrade idea or you don't know where to start, a qualified HVAC contractor can evaluate your home and recommend an air conditioner that meets your needs.

What Are the Advantages of Central Air Conditioning?

If you're still not sure whether central AC is right for your and your home, consider the advantages. This HVAC option's benefits include:

  • Even cooling. You won't have to worry about a hot living room and cool bedroom. Your entire home can feel cool and comfortable 24/7.
  • Less leakage. An improperly installed or older window unit can leak air around its frame. This decreases cooling and increases energy usage.
  • Decreased humidity. A central AC system doesn't just cool your home. It can also decrease uncomfortable spring and summer-time humidity.
  • Less noise. While central AC isn't silent this type of system makes less noise than a window unit.

Along with these benefits, a new energy-efficient central AC system may cost less to operate than multiple window units. Discuss seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) numbers with the HVAC contractor before you upgrade to a central system. The higher the SEER number, the more energy efficient the product is.

What Do You Need to Install Central AC?

You've decided to upgrade from a window unit to central AC. What should you do now? The decision to make the change is the first step in the process. The next steps include:

  • Hire an HVAC professional. A central AC upgrade isn't a do-it-yourself job. You need a qualified HVAC contractor to help you through this process.
  • Evaluate your home. The HVAC contractor will evaluate your home for AC placement. If you don't have ducts, the technician may suggest either duct installation or a ductless system.
  • Choose a model. There are a variety of central air conditioning systems available. The contractor can help you to select the right option for your home and your family's needs.
  • Check local codes. The contractor should know what local building codes you need to follow. This includes condenser placement (outside) and other applicable regulations.

After you choose a model, schedule an installation appointment. The contractor can walk you through the process and help you to understand what you should expect from this service.

Do you need a new air conditioner? Contact Dick Kearsley Service Center for more information.

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