Central Air Conditioning Basics: What Every Cincinnati Homeowner Should Know

Whether you’re looking at upgrading your current central air conditioning system or you’re considering installing A/C for the first time, you need to learn a few things about this effective home cooling method before you make a change. Here’s what every Cincinnati homeowner should know.

When to Replace the Air Conditioner

If your A/C system is old, inefficient or needing repair, consider replacing it sooner rather than later. Today’s most efficient air conditioners are up to 60 percent more efficient than those manufactured only 10 years ago. The inability of an aging system to keep you comfortable without expensive repairs is a good sign that replacement is imminent.

As long as you take care of a central air conditioning system with preventative maintenance, you can expect it to last 12 to 15 years.

Cost of Central Air Conditioning

Many factors affect the cost of a new A/C unit, including the unit’s size and efficiency, any advanced features you desire, the need to add a new thermostat, and the condition of existing ductwork.

What to Look For in a New Central Air Conditioner

  • A properly sized A/C unit is fundamental to its performance and efficiency. Make sure the contractor you choose performs load calculations to determine precisely the right size.
  • Compare efficiency ratings and decide what you’re willing to invest. After all, the more efficient the system is, the more it costs upfront, but the less it costs to operate. Determine the payback period associated with different efficiency levels to help you make an educated decision.
  • Look for advanced features such as a two-speed compressor, thermostatic expansion valve and variable-speed air handler to increase comfort and energy efficiency.

A/C Installation Process

Along with placing the new equipment, an installer also inspects ductwork sealing and insulation, refrigerant piping, wiring, return and supply registers, thermostat calibration, air filter, and more to ensure he or she leaves you with an optimally performing system.

If you’re ready to upgrade your central air conditioning system, or you have any remaining questions, please contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing in greater Cincinnati today.

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