In the hot and humid climate of Southwest Florida, air conditioning is practically a necessity during the hottest parts of the year, and a quality system can increase the value of your home significantly. Many older homes lack a central air conditioning system, so here are a few tips that will help when installing air conditioning in an older home:
Prepare Your Home
For an air conditioning system to run efficiently without dramatically increasing your energy costs, your home must be reasonably sealed and insulated. Drafts around windows, doors and other penetrations in your exterior walls can allow cool air to escape, significantly increasing your cooling costs, and a lack of insulation will make it hard for your home to maintain a cool temperature. Before installing air conditioning in an older home, consider having an energy evaluation done to find out where your home needs proper sealing and additional insulation.
Choose a System Type
If your home has existing ducts for a furnace, adding a central air conditioning system can be a relatively inexpensive choice. If, however, ducts must be added, the costs will increase dramatically. In that case, you may want to consider adding a ductless mini-split system, which can cool one or more rooms without the need for traditional air ducts. If you are upgrading your heating system at the same time, another option may be a heat pump, which requires air ducts, but can both heat and cool your home efficiently and cost-effectively.
Size It Correctly
Often, especially in older homes, air conditioners are oversized to compensate for any problems with air leaks or poor insulation. An air conditioner that isn’t properly sized will run inefficiently, increasing energy costs. Oversized systems will cycle on and off frequently, preventing proper dehumidification and stressing components like the blower motor and fans. Systems that are too small will work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. A professional should be used to size the system, using the proper Manual J procedures.
For more tips on installing air conditioning in an older home, talk to our team at Conditioned Air.
Getting Your Home Ready For Spring
Tip 1: Clean Your Air
Whether your family was sick with the flu this winter or you forgot to change your filters during the busy holiday season, chances are your home could use a refresh. Spring is the perfect time to clean the air your family is breathing. To do this, take the shields of your vents and vacuum them thoroughly, and then swap out your air filters for new ones.
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Tip 2: Check for Broken Seals
A broken seal or leak around a door or window can cause your home to work harder to stay warm or cold and could lead to more-expensive monthly bills. Testing for air leaks is simple and just requires using a dollar bill to air flow. Watch this video below to see how to use the bill to check for air leaks in doors and windows:
Ready to seal up your doors and windows? Use caulking and weatherstripping to fill in gaps and reinforce the seal. Use your new dollar bill testing trick to confirm that the leak has been re-sealed.
Tip 3: Remove Sink Build-Up
You could should clean everything in your home, including the kitchen sink. Thanks to dirty dishes and consistent water usage, your sink can aquire build-up and grime that should be removed to keep your sink clean. Watch this video to learn how to properly clean your kitchen sink:
With these tips in-mind, you’re on track to get your home healthy and clean for Spring.