The accepted standard in air conditioning is central air conditioning. Centralized AC uses one system to remove heat and humidity from the entire home using ducts within the walls and ceiling. Central AC typically relies on an exterior unit to dissipate the heat outdoors, and interior components that draw heat out of the home. Central air conditioning is usually more expensive than a single window AC or ductless mini-split unit. However, the ability to monitor the entire home from one set of controls offers a convenience that many homeowners find hard to beat.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Central AC
Advantages: Central air conditioning is most likely your best option if you want to keep your whole house cool. The system is virtually invisible so if you’re very particular about your décor, this may be a better choice for you.
Disadvantages: You can run into cost problems if the unit has not been properly sized. It also requires annual maintenance. Additionally, air ducts should be cleaned every 3-5 years which increases the maintenance costs.
The most important things to know about Central Air Conditioning
- To have your Central AC run properly and last longer, we at Evolved Mechanical strongly recommend you have it serviced and inspected at least once every year. This will ensure that it operates at maximum efficiency. It will be ready to cool the house in the months when you require it most.
- As the air conditioning unit runs, it tends to accumulate dirt and dust in air filters and the condensing coils. The buildup of dirt and dust, if not checked, reduces your machine’s operating efficiency by 5%. This means that your air conditioner cannot cool the house as much as it should when clean.
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