Old houses often don't have air conditioning installed, which can be a problem when the summers are hot and uncomfortable. You may decide that the answer is to install air conditioning. In this case, you have three options – central AC, ductless or mini-split systems, or a window unit. The following guide can help you decide.
This is the most expensive option, since it may require the installation of duct work along with the air conditioner.
The warm and wonderful days of summer are not far away. That means it's time to make sure your air conditioning system is ready for the challenge of cooling your home. Here are four things you need to do to prepare your AC system for summer.
Make sure all of the vents are open and unblocked.
If any of the vents are closed or blocked by furniture, your home won't cool evenly.
Has your gas furnace stopped working? Or has the efficiency slowed down to the point that a system shutdown seems inevitable? There are several potential causes for a malfunctioning gas furnace, but the pressure switch is always a good place to check.
The pressure switch is a safety feature that works a little differently than something like a limit switch. When the pressure switch closes, electrical current is allowed through to start the igniter and the heating process.
It's important that your air conditioner stays in the best working order possible in order to ensure that you stay nice and cool during the hot summer months. There are a number of signs that something is wrong with your air conditioner unit, and you should be aware of them so you can have your unit repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
No Cold Air
First off, a telltale sign that your air-conditioning unit has reached its last rope is no cold air.
Dust bunnies like to lurk in out-of-the-way places. While a thorough homeowner should be able to eradicate those that congregate under dressers, behind books on a bookshelf, and in the back of cupboards, you still have to worry about those who hide in your heating ducts. There they hide with friends such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, insect carcasses, mold spores, and the like. All it takes is a gust from your furnace turning on to send this group of contaminants out over your home.