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Can I Add a Central AC to My Home?


If you’ve had to rely on window air conditioners to cool your home, we’re bet you’re quite sick of them by now. Window ACs are adequate solutions for small studio apartments, but when it comes to cooling a house they won’t cut it. Not only do they lack the cooling power to do much, they block windows, make a lot of noise, and look unpleasant both inside and outside. 

But can you have a central AC in installation in Riverdale, GA? If you live in an older house that doesn’t have ductwork, you might think it’s impossible. It’s not! We’ll explain how we can help you ditch those old window air conditioners and enjoy genuine central cooling throughout the rooms.

Adding Ductwork

One method to bring central cooling into a house without ducts is to add ducts! This might sound simplistic to the point of being a joke, but the actual job isn’t as complicated as you might think. We won’t need to tear apart the walls of your house to add ductwork. A more strategic method can work.

The best way to put in ductwork is to use available space. This usually means the attic. We’ll place ducts in the attic that will be the “spine” of the ductwork system. In fact, we may also install the air conditioning system in the attic to give it easier access to this central channel. The attic duct can send air down through ceiling vents.

To reach other places, we can add ducts to the back of closets and in boxed corners. For older homes with high ceilings, we can lower the ceilings to provide room for the ductwork. 

High-Velocity Mini Ducts

This is an option that some homeowners opt for: a special high-velocity air conditioning system that uses smaller ductwork than standard air conditioning systems. The ventilation system will still need a trunk line (usually housed in the attic), but the smaller ducts that go to the rooms can easily be hidden inside the walls without taking up much space.

Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

If you don’t want to add ducts, you still can enjoy great cooling (and heating) through all the rooms with a ductless mini split heat pump. These systems work similarly to standard heat pumps: an outdoor unit that connects through power and refrigerant lines to an indoor unit. Instead of a single indoor unit that sends conditioned air through ductwork, a ductless mini split uses multiple indoor air handlers with their own blower fan and refrigerant coil. Each air handler is mounted up on a wall and connects through the back of the wall to the outdoor unit. The units blow out conditioned air directly into rooms, bypassing the need for ducts.

Each ductless mini split system can handle from 4–8 air handlers. With these air handlers distributed around your house, you can have cooling and heating just about wherever you want it. There are extra benefits as well: ductless mini split systems have better energy efficiency than standard heat pumps, don’t blow around dust that collects in ducts, and each air handler can operate separately from the others so you only need to heat and cool the rooms that need it.

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