Is it Difficult to Install Air Conditioner Lines in a Standard Home?

If you’re thinking about having an air conditioning system installed in your home, then you’ll definitely want to know what goes into the job. Home air conditioning systems can range from basic window type units, right up to central air systems with full ducting. The type of system you buy and the size of the installation will both have an influence on the final price of air conditioning systems for homes. This guide will help you to understand the different types of installations, allowing you to determine what is best for your needs.

Split Type Air Conditioning Systems

air conditioning systems Without a doubt, the most popular units used for air conditioning in American homes, split type air conditioners use a combination of an evaporator inside the home, with the condenser unit placed outside. The refrigerant is pumped between both systems through pipes that run through the exterior wall of your home. A split type system comes with a number of advantages, with simple installation being one of them. Because only the air conditioner lines need to be run through the walls (along with some basic electronic control lines), the work required is minimal. Most of the installation will be actually getting the units in place and installing the ducting throughout your home. The ducting is what is used to deliver the cooled air to any room in your home where there is a vent. If you have an older central system then it’s highly likely that new split air conditioning systems can be plumbed directly into the old ducts. If you don’t have an installation, then underfloor or ceiling ducts could be used to install vents in all of your different temperature zones. Although it might initially sound like a lot of work, it’s actually a relatively simple job and the ducting itself could be performed as a DIY project if you have the time and some experience in home renovations. Even if you hire a professional to install your residential air conditioning systems, the rates can be quite reasonable for the average family home. Note that cost can increase with the size of your home and the number of rooms where you want to install ducted air conditioner vents.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Systems

MITSUBISHI 20,000 BTU 18 SEER DUAL ZONE HEAT PUMP SYSTEM 6+6If you don’t want to install ducts or if you only need to provide air conditioning to a single room or zone of your home, then you could be better served by ductless mini-split air conditioning systems.

Just like split type units, this is a smaller system where the compressor unit sits outside, with the blower unit placed inside and mounted on a wall. This type of system requires minimal piping through the wall, and some systems can be connected to two, three, or even more indoor blowers. Choose this option if you want something that is highly efficient and more affordable than installing full ducting throughout your home. Inverter mini-split units can provide both warm and cold air.

Packaged Central Air Conditioning Systems

There’s another option in the form of packaged central air conditioning systems. These have the condenser, evaporator, and compressor in a single unit. It is placed away from living spaces (on the roof or outside of the home), and ducting is used to distribute air. Not often used for residential installations, this is a system that is more suitable for commercial properties, and it can be modified with a furnace or electronic heating coils to provide warmth during the winter.

Find What You Need at HVAC Direct

If you’re looking for the most efficient residential air conditioning systems then it’s time to explore the range at HVAC Direct. As one of America’s premier air conditioning companies, we have the hardware and the expertise to ensure that you get the best unit for your needs. Take a look at your options today, and contact us by phone, email, or our live chat to start planning your home air conditioning systems.  
May 7, 2018
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