The atmosphere of your residence and workplace are vital for your general well-being and functioning. If you find your house or office uncomfortable you will look for means to escape and this will affect your happiness and work output. Central air installation is essential to ensure that your office and house have the required air conditioning, ventilation and heating for optimum comfort.
There are various central air installation packages including Do It Yourself (DIY) in the market. Careful selection of construction materials and ventilation structures can enhance the natural ventilation of a building. Central air installation involves the fixing of a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system that generates heat in the building from a single location.
The following considerations can help you with central air installation for your house:
It is always necessary to engage a professional whenever you want to install central air conditioning. The professional will help you determine the size of your unit based on where you live, size of your walls, positioning of your house in relation to the sun, insulation, direction of doors and windows among other things. Using the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) manual J load calculation (manual D is for commercial load calculation), the contractor will be able to inform you the appropriate unit size.
Proper sizing is necessary in order to install the most appropriate air conditioning unit for your house. The unit sizing is measured in tons – that is the energy for cooling released when a ton-block of ice melts in a day. When the sizing unit is larger than should be, it cools the house too fast while not completely minimizing the humidity. It also becomes more expensive to maintain because it consumes more electricity than necessary. A smaller unit than the required size will have to run more constantly incurring higher electricity bills yet not cool the building effectively.
Efficiency of the Unit
The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) regulates standards and specifications for energy equipment in the United States. It set the minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for central air installation to 13 in 2006. SEER measures the level of cooling you would get per watt of electricity used. The higher the SEER the better it functions in a cost effective way. Some states offer SEER incentives which would reduce the cost further. You can always find out if your state offers such incentive.
Location of the System
Location of the system should take into consideration the type of unit (package system or split system) and the noise generated when the system is running. The system ought to ideally be placed away from bedroom windows or places that need quiet such as the sick bay or study room.
Central air conditioning can be installed with or without ducts. Your professional advisor would be able to advise on available options.
A high-efficiency filter is essential before central air installation occurs because it rids your house of pollen and dust ensuring a clean and more efficient air conditioning system.