From Installation To Professional AC Maintenance: New Air Conditioners In Old Homes

Posted on: 30 November 2022

Can any home have air conditioning? If your home doesn't have a central cooling system, take a look at what you need to know about your options, installation, and year-round professional AC maintenance. 

Does Your Home Need Air Ducts and Vents? 

The answer to this question is yes—and no. If you want a central air conditioning system, your home will need a series of ducts and air vents in each room or space. The ducts carry the cooled air from the central unit throughout your home. The vents allow the air to move from the ducts to the rooms you want to cool. Without this system, a central air conditioner can't work.

Even though you will need ducts and vents to use central AC, you can still cool a home that doesn't have an existing system. Professional AC installation services include more than just placing the central unit. If you want central cooling and don't have ducts or vents, talk to the HVAC contractor about adding the rest of the system. Along with recommending ways to add ducts and vents, the professional can also suggest non-ducted options. 

What Type of Air Conditioner Doesn't Use Air Ducts or Vents?

As the name implies, a ductless mini-split AC system doesn't require the use of air ducts. These systems include an outdoor compressor or condenser and individual indoor air handlers. This type of setup allows you to cool individual rooms or zones without the use of ducts and vents.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, thirty percent (or more) of AC energy consumption is the result of duct-related air losses. Not only will you eliminate the need to add ducts and vents with a ductless system, but this type of air conditioner could also save you money on cooling costs. 

Even though a mini split AC system won't require a contractor to place ducts or vents, it still requires a professional installation. Ductless mini split air conditioners are complex cooling appliances that require specialized knowledge to install and maintain. Before you choose a ductless system, contact a company that routinely works with mini-split HVAC appliances. This type of contractor will have the knowledge and experience to help you choose and use the best system for your cooling needs.

Do All New AC Systems Require Routine Maintenance?

Now that you know more about the ducted and ductless options to cool your home, it's time to take the next step and learn about proper care. As a new AC owner, you haven't had to think about air conditioner maintenance. But with your new system, comes new service issues.

All systems (both ducted and ductless) require routine service. Professional AC maintenance and professional AC repairs can help your new air conditioner to work at its peak performance. This can extend the system's life and maximize overall energy efficiency. 

To find out more, contact professional AC maintenance


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