If you have a home without central HVAC, installing a new air conditioner can be a costly investment. Central HVAC systems can also require a lot of maintenance and may not be the most energy efficient solution for every home. Today, there are other options for a more energy efficient and affordable cooling solution. Here are some choices you may want to consider for the new AC for your home:
1. A Quick Solution for Small Homes with Ductless AC
If you want to have a quick and affordable solution for your home cooling, you can use ductless AC systems. The units themselves do not cost less than central HVAC, but you save because ducts do not have to be installed, reducing the costs of materials and labor. Since there are no ducts for air to flow through, you also get a more direct energy efficient air conditioning system.
2. Compact Ductwork for an Efficient System with Few Renovations
Compact ductwork is another solution that can save you on the costs of materials and labor when installing a new AC. These systems use ducts that can be installed in existing wall cavities just like plumbing pipes, which means that there is no need for renovations to install new ductwork. This is a great option to install AC in homes that have never had air conditioning, such as for a historic renovation project.
3. Evaporative Cooling for an Alternative to Conventional AC Systems
Evaporative cooling is another option that you may want to consider if you live in a dry climate. These are systems that use the process of evaporation to cool your home and they cost less to install than conventional AC systems. They are also more energy efficient and will use a fraction of the energy that a conventional AC system would use.
4. Passive Cooling Solutions to Reduce Energy Consumption of AC Systems
Passive cooling is one of the less frequently used cooling designs. This cooling comes from things like ventilation. Ventilation systems can be installed in your home to take cool air from an area like a basement and circulate it to warmer parts of your home, such as a first floor. This can be a great cooling solution in areas with mild summers and minimal cooling needs.
These are some of the options you may want to consider for an energy efficient solution for your home's AC. If you are ready to have a new AC installed for your home, contact an HVAC contractor like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning and talk with them about installing one of these systems.