If you live in a climate with hot summers or cold winters, you will have some form of heating and cooling in your home, like fans and radiators in every room. However, you may want to consider switching to a duct system. Adding ducted air conditioning and heating to your home not only helps you stay comfortable but also can increase the value of your home.
Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning or ducted air conditioning is designed to cool the entire home. For comparison, ductless air conditioning usually refers to AC units that cool just one room at a time, like a window AC unit. Most homes already have a duct system, so adding a ducted AC system is usually not a problem, as long as the ducts are in good shape.
There are two types of ducted AC units. Split central air conditioners are the most common and have the condenser and the compressor outside in the metal enclosure. The separate evaporator is placed indoors in a separate container. The refrigerant is in the outdoor unit. The evaporator then cools the air and pumps it through the ducts.
The other type is the packaged AC unit and includes the compressor, condenser, and evaporator in a single unit. They are more common for commercial buildings or homes with limited indoor space.
Adding Value to Your Property
Adding a ductless air conditioning unit to your home will raise the value of your property. Prospective home buyers are looking for certain features when shopping for a home. In some locations, air conditioning ranks as the top feature that people look for when buying a new home. It is important enough that some buyers say they won’t consider buying a new home without AC.
For the AC unit to add value to your home, it has to be in good working order and maintained properly. It is helpful to save the receipts from the day it was installed, including all maintenance records. Air conditioning will add more value to your home if it uses energy-saving technology, like inverter technology, which saves on energy bills.
Advantages of Ducted AC Systems
Ducted air systems have many advantages including that you can control the zones of cooling. For example, during the day, you can cool only the common areas, like the living room, dining room, and kitchen. At night you can shut those zones off and cool only the bedrooms.
A ducted AC system can reduce the humidity in the home in areas where humidity is high. They also have an enhanced airflow, which provides the home with fresh air circulation and keeps the home from getting stuffy.
Installing ducted air conditioning can add value to your home by making it more comfortable for you and your family and increasing its resale value.