What Is the Central Air Conditioning System?
A central air conditioning system relies on a central unit which cools air and then circulates it throughout your property. Such whole house air conditioners differ from other systems where individual air conditioning units are placed in single rooms. It may be bundled with a heating system and may also offer air filtration and dehumidification.
The main unit may be located outdoors as it can create a noticeable amount of noise.
What Benefits Can It Provide?
- Less noise – as the main cooling unit is usually located outdoors, you don’t hear any noise as the system works to cool warm air down. All you get is cool air in your home.
- Improved air flow – it provides cool air to every home in your house, including hallways, not just in the few rooms you have placed individual units. As a result your entire home can be maintained at a comfortable temperature.
- It is inconspicuous – although you have to make room for a unit outside, in your home there is little to no evidence of an air conditioning system. In comparison room air conditioners take up space and may be considered unattractive.
- You can arrange a central air conditioning installation that doubles up as a heating system, for additional efficiency.
- Many central air conditioners are highly efficient and can reduce running costs compared to room or unit air conditioning
- You can buy systems which also filter and dehumidify air.
- You can program many systems to set the temperature at different times of the day.
What About Repair and Maintenance?
As with all air conditioning systems, annual services are recommended, including cleaning of the air ducts (because air is distributed by a network of air ducts, and they form a major component of the centralized system).
Over time parts may become worn and a central AC repair may become necessary. They can normally be picked up on an annual service, but parts may break at any time of the year. If it becomes faulty, your running costs may increase and you may not be getting sufficient cool air. If you notice any of the following you should contact us to arrange a visit:
- Your air conditioner isn’t working at all
- You aren’t getting the cool air you need
- No air is coming out of the air conditioner
- Water is leaking from your air conditioner
- It is making a strange noise
A qualified engineer will be able to tell you if you need a central air conditioning replacement, whether that is a component part, or the whole system.