If you are considering investing in a new central air conditioning system there are a number of points to
consider before actually doing so.

Firstly installing a central air conditioning system is any kind is certainly not a DIY project and all work
must be completed by a good heating and cooling specialist. The local home store just doesn’t sell them and central air
conditioning that is improperly installed can not only drain your pocketbook by increasing your energy
bills but can also be dangerous.

The first thing you need to consult with a heating and cooling specialist about is your home’s actual suitability to
accommodate a central air system of any kind. Newly constructed homes are usually well suited to such
a system and most homes that already have a forced air system in place are good candidates as well
since the new A/C units can “piggy-back” of the existing setup.

If on the other hand brand new duct work will have to be put in place before a central air system can be
installed it may simply prove too expensive and your professional installer should be able to make other
recommendations to help cool your home down.

If your home is a good candidate for central air then you need to make a decision about exactly the kind
you are going to have installed. Just a few decades ago central air was considered to be a luxury for the
wealthier homeowner only as the costs involved to run it were indeed quite substantial. Thanks to new,
very energy efficient models though, these costs have fallen dramatically.

In order to make sure you are getting the best deal and choosing the best central air conditioning
system for your home most remodeling professionals recommend getting at least three estimates from
local tradesmen before you make a decision. It is also helpful if you understand a little about the basics
of cooling a home yourself.

When it comes to air conditioners bigger is not always better. The most important thing is too choose a
system that is suited to the size and layout of your home. What may be perfect for your neighbuor down
the road may not be the best choice for your home. Choose a system that is too small and it simply
won’t be able to keep up on a very hot day while one that is too large will tend to cycle on and off too
often, increasing energy costs unnecessarily.

When choosing a contractor to install your central air conditioning system bear in mind that it will need
regular servicing once it is installed and that it will need to be performed for the duration of its useful
life. When checking references, make sure that you ask about the company’s record for service as well.
Getting the job done quickly and for a good price are wonderful things, but if the heating and cooling company is
not going to be available to service your unit if things go wrong (and they often do, however good the
installation) those advantages will be insignificant