If you’ve made it through the years in Panama City without any form of air conditioning, then we have to give you credit. Other parts of the nation may consider air conditioning a luxury, but there’s no shame in getting one here in Florida.
Whether you’ve finally caved and decided to buy an air conditioner, or if you’re moving into a new home and need to get set up with a cooling system, you’ll want to make some considerations for the installation, such as cost, efficiency, and features. However, we don’t often see enough homeowners considering these factors when considering a new AC:
1. How Old Is Your Heater?
We don’t have a huge use for our heaters in Florida, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of cold weather. You most likely have some kind of heater for just those occasions. And what heater is better for occasional cold than a furnace? They’re cheap, inexpensive to operate, easy to install, and can run on either natural gas or electricity.
So why are we talking about heaters? Well, if your furnace is already over 10 to 12 years old, you might be in the market for a new one. You could then conveniently solve both your heating and cooling problems at the same time by installing a heat pump.
Heat pumps are HVAC systems that can switch between cooling and heating mode at the flick of a switch, making them perfect for our climate. Plus, they’re one of the most efficient electric HVAC systems out there.
2. Does Your Home Have Ducts Already?
When it comes to installing a new air conditioner, whether you want to use a ducted or ductless system is one of your options. This option exists purely because of the advent of the ductless heat pump; these systems simply don’t need ducts to transport cooled air around the home.
While ductless heat pumps have plenty of benefits, they’re not always cost-effective if you already have a duct system installed. Unless you really like the benefits of a ductless system, sticking with a ducted heat pump or central AC is still a good choice.
3. Is Your Family Sensitive to Poor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality is a huge factor in determining your comfort. If the air is too humid or too dry, you’re going to have a bad time. If the air is full of contaminants that cause you to become sick or exacerbate your allergy and asthma symptoms, you’re going to have a bad time.
Before committing to one particular type of system, you’ll want to have these concerns addressed by your HVAC technician. There are various HVAC devices and configurations that can help with these situations, but they may not be compatible with certain kinds of systems.
For example, if excessive humidity is a problem in your home, you might need a whole-house dehumidifier. However, these dehumidifiers can only be installed in a duct system, so it wouldn’t be wise to install a ductless system in this scenario.