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Retrofit Your Furnace To Work With An Air Conditioner

Did you know that a split air central HVAC system is one of the most efficient ways to heat the building of any size? Large commercial buildings and small residential buildings can both be sufficiently heated and cooled with a split air HVAC system.

Adding AC to your Heat System

Obviously, not every climate requires air conditioning. So, there are a lot of systems that are only set up for heating. In fact, many homes are built with ducting and a furnace, but they don't have air conditioning. So, the homeowner needs to decide if the summer temperatures warrant investing in an air conditioner that can be retrofitted to work with their existing furnace and ducting system.

Retrofitting Your System

This is surprisingly not that difficult or expensive. In fact, when the air conditioner is installed outside of your house, the furnace is modified to help produce the airflow. This means that when your air conditioner is turned on, the furnace will also turn on and help circulate air. Obviously, it won't actually produce heat, but the fan or blower inside the unit will turn on to circulate the air into the duct system. This is why the furnace is often also termed the air handler.

It doesn't really matter what you call it, but it is important to realize that, if you are going to install an air conditioner into a home that already has a furnace and duct system, the AC efficiency will be reliant on the furnace efficiency. So, if you have an old furnace that uses a lot of electricity and doesn't produce great airflow, your air conditioning will not be as productive. Basically, HVAC systems are made up of intricate components and appliances that rely on each other for maximum productivity.

If you do modify your HVAC system with an air conditioning unit, your biggest expense will be that of the actual unit. Air conditioning units can run anywhere from $500 to $10,000 depending on the size of your building. The installation process will also require a few hundred dollars' worth of labor. But, it is a project that can often be handled in a single day, so it is rather convenient and fast.

If you are finally ready to make your home a little cooler this summer, investing in a new central AC system is a great decision that you will enjoy all summer long. For more information, contact a company like Advanced Air Quality Services.


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