FAQs About Having Central AC Installed
Having central air conditioning installed can feel like quite a milestone. Never again will you have to lug those big, heavy window air conditioning units out of storage. Plus, you can now cool your whole home and not just a couple of rooms. You may, however, have some questions as your central air conditioner installation appointment approaches. Keep reading, and you'll likely discover the answers.
Where will the air conditioner be located?
There are actually two components to a central air conditioner. The first is the compressor, which goes outside. The second is the evaporator coil, which goes inside. Generally, the HVAC contractor will put the indoor compressor next to your furnace. It can share the whole-house fan with your furnace. There's some flexibility as to where the evaporator coil goes outside. You don't want it too far from the compressor, but your HVAC contractor will generally give you two or three potential locations to choose from.
Will your energy bills go way up?
When you see the size of a central air conditioner compared to that of a window unit, it's easy to assume it might cost a fortune to run. However, many people find that they save money when they switch to central AC. Modern AC units are made to be very energy-efficient. You'll also have close control over the AC through your thermostat — especially if you have a WiFi-enabled model — which will allow you to adjust the temperature and save on AC when you're not home.
How long will the installation take?
Every home is different, so if you want specifics, ask your HVAC contractor this question. However, you should know that most AC installation jobs only take a day or two. Yours may take a little longer if your HVAC contractor needs to run new ductwork. But if this is the case, they'll generally let you know so you can prepare.
Can you get a rebate on the new air conditioner?
There are often rebates available on new air conditioners. You can contact the manufacturer of the air conditioner you chose to see if they are offering any. However, you should also get in touch with your local energy provider. Many offer rebates on new AC units as an incentive to get homeowners to "go green" with newer and more efficient equipment.
With these questions answered, you should feel more comfortable and confident regarding your upcoming air conditioner installation. Speak to an HVAC contractor to learn more.