About Damien

Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

Is Your Home Better Suited for Room or Central Air Conditioning?

Phil Laprairie

Is Your Home Better Suited for Room or Central Air Conditioning?If you have just moved into a new home, you may be wondering about your options for air conditioning. If your house has neither a room A/C unit nor central air, you have an opportunity to make an informed decision, based on the amount of money you want to spend as well as the level of comfort you desire.

Setting up a central air conditioning unit

The first thing to take into consideration is if the home is already set up for central air conditioning. Your home will have a forced-air furnace and ductwork, if it’s air-conditioner ready. If not, you will need to install both — a significant cost. or not. Request an estimate to find out the cost before you make your decision.

Considering the space to cool

You will also want to consider the amount of space you have to cool. If you live in a very small house or only want to cool a single room, a room unit will probably be sufficient. On the other hand, if you have quite a bit of space to cool, you might prefer a central unit to purchasing multiple room units. Further, you can add zoning control to your central A/C unit to get better control of hard-to-condition spaces.

Another factor is aesthetics. Room air conditioners can be noisy, while whole-house systems are, for the most part, quieter.

Considering the cost

While it will cost more to install a central unit as opposed to a room unit, it can be more efficient in the long term. You can set the central unit on a lower setting, as needed, with a programmable thermostat when you are gone and save money on utility costs. You can also install an air conditioner with such energy-saving features as variable speed controls that not only cool air more efficiently, but also help with moisture control. A room unit often has to work harder to cool an area and keep it comfortable than when using central air.

For more information on choosing the right central air conditioning, contact Arpi’s Industries LTD.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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