Posted on: 26 August 2015
Replacing an aging central air conditioning unit, or installing a new one for the first time, is a great way to improve your home. A new central air unit can provide you with a great benefits, such as improved indoor air quality and increased energy efficiency.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
One of the biggest downsides to having an old central air system is that it can often degrade over the years, which can cause its filtration system to become less efficient. This is a problem, because a central air unit draws in air from outside your home, cools it, and distributes that air throughout your home. If the filtration system has degraded over the years, then there is a very good chance that dust, odors, and pollution is getting into your home every time the air conditioner turns on.
In addition, window-mounted air conditioners can also cause problems with indoor air quality as they create gaps in your windows that can cause allergens, dust, and pollution to get into your home. Sure, when you install a window-mounted air conditioner you are provided with panels to block off the portion of the window that is not filled by the air conditioner, but these panels are not going to be airtight or very effective.
However, a new central air unit is going to be able to filter out all of that nasty stuff out of the air. One of the major reasons for this is that new central air systems actually have built-in purification systems that have gotten much more effective over the years due to technological advancements.
Increased Energy Efficiency
Another problem that can arise with older central air units and window-mounted units is that your utility bills will go up. In the case of old central air units, age can make them much less efficient and cause you to have to keep them on longer to cool your home. Window-mounted units raise your utility bills because you will need multiple units installed and turned on in order to cool your home because they can really only handle one room.
With a new central air system, there are multiple energy efficient options available. For example, you can purchase a central air unit that is capable of cooling your home just as quickly as an older model, but it can do so while using much less electricity.
There are also air conditioning systems available that can be set to cool portions of your home at specific times, which helps you cool only those rooms that are likely to be in use at those times. For example, you can have your system only cool the bedrooms at night. This helps lower utility bills and energy waste because there really is no need to cool a kitchen or living room if everyone is asleep in their bedrooms.
Consult with an HVAC contractor today in order to find out if you would benefit from a new central air unit. A new unit can provide better energy efficiency and air quality than either an aging central air unit or window-mounted system.Share