How Much Does It Cost to Install Central Air Conditioning?

6/1/17 12:00 PM Chris Long

how much does it cost to install central air conditioning

Summer is just a few weeks away, but some parts of the country have already suffered through their share of 90 degree days.

It’s around this time of year that people who don’t have central air conditioning start thinking about getting it installed. And if you’re one of those people, you might be wondering about the cost of installing central air conditioning.

That’s only natural. Thinking “What will this cost us?” is part of any major purchase.

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Programmable Thermostats Can Add Resale Value to Your Home

5/25/17 10:30 AM Chris Long

Programmable thermostat

For as long as we’ve lived indoors, we’ve looked for ways to keep our homes warm or cool, depending on the season.

There was a time where that just meant building a fire or opening some windows. We’ve come a long way since those days: central heating, central air, and now, programmable thermostats.

This HVAC feature has quickly become the standard in new homes, and making the switch in older homes is simpler than you might imagine. If you’re not sure if a programmable AC thermostat is right for your home, consider these benefits:

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Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner

5/18/17 12:00 PM Chris Long

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Are you considering ductless air conditioning for your home? Maybe something along the lines of a ductless mini-split air conditioner?

If that’s the case, here are a few things you should know:

1. You’ll get a flexible cooling method

Traditional central air forces cooled air through ducts, a ductless system brings air directly into different zones of your home. These systems are made up of a small outdoor unit and a at least one indoor unit.

You might see them referred to as split-systems or multi-split systems. Whatever their name, this cooling method gives home owners a cost-effective way to replace outdated window units.

2. You’ll save money

A major factor driving homeowners to invest in a ductless mini-split air conditioner is the savings involved. An inefficient cooling system can quickly drive up your monthly energy costs.

A ductless system uses less power than a forced-air system and delivers cooled air with more efficiency. And because a multi-split system lets you create zones around your home, you won’t need to cool rooms that you aren’t using.

Aside from the savings you’ll get from a lower energy bill, you may also be eligible for a tax credit or utility rebate for the year in which you install your ductless system.

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What is a Two-Stage Cooling System?

5/11/17 10:45 AM Chris Long

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Are you nervous about the prospect of facing another summer with a worn-out air conditioner?

If you’re thinking about AC replacement for your home, you may want to consider installing a two-stage cooling system. This is a method of air conditioning that offers better, more efficient cooling, but also saves you money without taking away your comfort.

How does a two-stage cooling system work?

A standard air conditioning system will only run at full blast. When you need to cool your home, you get an elevated level of air conditioning, whether you need it or not. Not only can this be uncomfortable, it wastes energy and costs you money.

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How Can I Retrofit My Home for an AC Unit?

5/4/17 11:30 AM Chris Long

If you ever lived in an old house or apartment, you may have made due with portable window air conditioning units.

With temperatures rising, and summer approaching, those little window units aren’t going to cut it when it comes to keeping you and your family cool.

If your home doesn’t have its own central AC unit, installing one isn’t as complicated or costly as you might suspect.

If your home has an existing electric or gas-forced air heating system, installing air conditioning can normally be done in one day.

You should first have your ducts inspected. They may need to be modified to handle an increase in the volume of air your AC system will produce.

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Are You Concerned with the Quality of Indoor Air in Your Home?

4/27/17 12:30 PM Chris Long

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While most of us know that outdoor air pollution can be harmful to our health, it’s important to remember that indoor air pollution can have its own negative effects on the quality of indoor air inside your home.

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the top five threats facing public health.

“In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities,” the EPA writes in The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality. “Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Failing to remedy indoor air quality troubles can lead to health problems, including:

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