AC System Info From Strikeforce HVAC Repair | What to Expect | How a System Works
Some communities require that electrical service for air conditioners and outlets be provided for every room in the house. The air conditioning of a home can be done with room window units or via a central air conditioning system. In either case, the cost of running the machinery is very expensive, since all air conditioners must draw a considerable amount of electrical power. Central air conditioning systems include a large unit that is placed outdoors near a side of the house, and which sends its cooled air through ducts. In most cases, if you have a forced-air heating system, the ducts already in the building can be used to service an air conditioning system.
If you don’t have forced-air heating system, the duct system can be provided by installing plastic pipes in the walls, or by using the conventional rectangular sheet metal-type ducts. In either case, some of the walls will have to be opened up to one degree or another.
Obviously, pipes are easier and less complicated to install than the larger metal ducts. The air conditioner itself costs in the neighborhood of $1,000, and then there is the installation fee. Installation involves placing the unit outside on a concrete or other very stable foundation. It must then be connected by ducts to the house duct system.
While installing a central air conditioning system is expensive, compare it to the cost of installing several window units. You may discover that, as expensive as it is, the central unit turns out to be cheaper in the long run. If you decide to air condition all or part of your building, once again, make the decision early in your planning. Even if your budget doesn’t allow you to put in air conditioning immediately, the time to do any duct and electrical work is when the walls are already open, and not after they have been closed and wall-papered.
In your planning, also be very careful about who you hire to evaluate and install the system. The air conditioning duct system must be carefully balanced so the the cooled air entering each room replaces an identical amount of warm air going to each unit. Placement of the duct registers, for example, has to be relatively precise so that the entire room they service is cooled. Contact us today for all your AC repair needs anywhere in Dallas County. Visit Repair Masters Heat and Air, LLC for all your same-day and emergency services from a licensed technician in Tarrant County.