If you are considering upgrading your home to Central Heating and Air Conditioning the tips in this guide will help you make a wise choice. Many homeowners that use electric baseboard, free-standing stoves or hot water radiators in the past are looking for efficient and less costly systems to heat and cool their homes. They want a dual system of heating in the cold weather months and cooling in the summer. This requires the installation of a ducted system able to carry both heat and air conditioning throughout the home. Using an energy efficient, centrally located forced air system controlled by a thermostat provides comfort not easily obtained with older methods. Another plus with ducted heating and cooling is eliminating the use of noisy, less efficient window air conditioners. Central air adds significant value to your home and gives you the best bang for your home improvement buck.’
The cost of installing ducted heating and air conditioning has a number of factors. They are;
- The size of your home
- The number of ducts and vents required
- The difficulty in installation access (generally more difficult in older homes)
As a rule of thumb, installing ducting and vents can run from as little as $3,000 to $5,000 on average-sized homes with larger ones costing $10,000 or more.
On the plus side, a single distribution system uses fans or blowers as common cost saving parts for both heat and air conditioning. Adding AC to your ducted heating is less costly for the same reason. Not having to deal with free standing stoves, radiators and ugly window AC units is also a plus for many homeowners.
The typical installation of a ducted heating and AC system will have the following components.
- A whole house system of insulated ducts located in the floor or ceiling cavities.
- To circulate the air in rooms, a system of grills or vents.
- An air control management system, usually a programmable thermostat.
Using a licensed HVAC professional to give you an estimate and advice is the most important decision you will make when it comes to installing ducted heating in your home. Reputable companies have qualified, professional Gas Fitters, Plumbers, Electricians, and Ducting installers.
Like most home systems regular maintenance ensures peak performance. Duct cleaning by professionals helps maximize operational efficiency and removes dust, mold, and pollen that has accumulated in the ductwork over time. Average costs for cleaning is around $300 and should be done every few years. For people with allergies, this is a very important process to follow. Homeowners can help reduce costs by DIY filter changes on a regular basis helping to improve air quality throughout the home.
Upgrading your home heating and cooling by adding ducts and vents to circulate heating and cooling comfort is a crucial part of regulating temperature. The process is best done by tradecraft professionals with a reputation for quality work. Adding ducted heating and air conditioning to your home will provide years of enjoyable comfort at a reasonable cost.