When it comes to air conditioning requirements, each household may have unique needs. Some will do better with central air; some may be better off with a split type air conditioning system. For those building a new home and are in the process of deciding what type of air conditioning system to get, it is essential to know more about the different air conditioning systems available.
Central air conditioning systems are the most common type of air conditioning used in homes in the United States. It is the most popular AC system because it has numerous advantages when it comes to comfort, convenience, and efficiency.
The US Department of Energy has explained why Central AC units are a preferred type of home and commercial cooling in the country.
“Central air conditioners circulate cool air through a system of supply and return ducts. Supply ducts and registers (i.e., openings in the walls, floors, or ceilings covered by grills) carry cooled air from the air conditioner to the home. This cooled air becomes warmer as it circulates through the home; then it flows back to the central air conditioner through return ducts and registers.”
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How It Works
Home management and design website modernize.com thoroughly discussed the mechanics of using Central AC at home. One is they mentioned in detail is how a ducted or central AC works.
“A central air conditioning system is comprised of two main components referred to as a condenser (3) and an evaporator (1). The condenser resides on the exterior of your home, usually placed on a small, concrete slab where it is easily accessible. The evaporator, including the evaporator coil and air handler or air blower (2), is strategically located inside the home, usually in a closet dedicated to the unit. The HVAC evaporator might be located in the attic as well. In homes where a furnace is used, the evaporator will reside above it where it connects to the plenum or a duct junction for air distribution. If you do not have a furnace or other heating source, your central air conditioning system may be equipped with an electrical resistance heating element to provide your home with warm air during the winter months.”
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Benefits of Choosing Central AC
Home improvement website TheSpruce.com has highlighted some of the advantages of using a central air conditioning system in a residential property. One of the benefits they highlighted is that cooling comfort happens almost invisibly.
“Seamlessly Integrates In-Home: Central air happens outside, where you rarely see it, unless you’re outside mowing the lawn or BBQing. Inside, there is no indication that you have a central air unit, except for vents and the thermometer. Even Distribution of Cool Air: Every room will have a vent, and these vents will be located advantageously. Decent Resale Value: Central air is considered a permanent addition to the house and returns good resale value upon the sale of the house.”
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