How do you keep your house cool during those warm spring and summer days? You’ve got a few different options when it comes to choosing a HVAC unit, and one of the most popular types is central air conditioning. Not sure what the difference is and which you should choose? Read on for the low down on central air conditioning.
What is central air conditioning?
Central air conditioning is a type of HVAC system that cools your entire home using a network of ducts and registers. At first, these pump cool air into your home. Then, once the delivered air has warmed up, it is drawn back into the ducts where it is re-cooled and delivered back into the home as cool air again. While this may sound similar to a forced air system, the main difference is that central air is primarily a cooling system whereas forced air can refer to any method of heating or cooling your home.
This process also helps to dehumidify the air in your home to make it feel cooler and more comfortable. Central air conditioners can either be packaged into one unit or as a split-system where the compressor and the fan unit are separate, usually with the compressor and condenser positioned outside of the home.
The benefits of central air conditioning
There are a number of benefits of choosing central air conditioning over other types of HVAC. One big benefit as that it cools your entire home consistently and evenly, unlike window units, for example, which cool the room they are in. This means you can rely on a more consistent temperature throughout your home when your AC is running, which you can control using a smart thermometer.
Central AC also helps to improve the air quality in your home as it forces the air through filters before it enters your home. This makes the air cleaner, removing things like dust and other allergens, which is useful for anyone with asthma or airborne allergies. It also does a good job at reducing noise pollution compared to other types of air conditioning units. This is especially the case for the split-system central air unit because many of the components are placed outside the home and out of the way.
Things to consider when replacing your AC
One important thing to consider before you upgrade your home with new central air conditioning is the ductwork. If you don’t already have a duct system in your home, then this will need installing for the central AC to be fitted, so remember to factor this into your budget and time. If you already have a central air unit and are considering upgrading or replacing it, then it can help to save you money and make cooling your home more efficient if you have an older system in your home.
For more tips on whether to upgrade or replace your central air conditioning, contact us at AC express for our advice. We serve your heating and cooling needs in Winston Salem, Clemmons, Lewisville, Advance, and surrounding communities in the Piedmont Triad.