Attempting to install a central air conditioning system without the work of trained HVAC technicians is a serious mistake. Whether you try to do the job yourself or you hire inexperienced amateurs to do it, it can lead to numerous issues with efficiency and performance, and most likely a cooling system that won’t last more than a couple years before it needs a replacement.
If you are planning to have a new residential air conditioning system installed, either as a replacement for an older system or as the first system in a new house, you have more options today than ever before. It’s important that you take time to consider seriously what type of AC you want for your home, since you will likely have the system working to keep your family cool for the next 15 to 20 years.
In a place that can become as blazing hot as Phoenix, AZ—where even our winters are warm—it is difficult to allow fresh outdoor breezes into a home. To maintain high indoor air quality, a home needs to be able to circulate fresh air through its room to remove stale and particle-filled air; but letting in the heat from outside will seriously jeopardize a home’s comfort and place extra stress on the air conditioner—a system that already gets enough of a workout during the summer as it is.
Electro-mechanical air conditioning was invented in 1902, and in the following century-plus they have become a ubiquitous part of daily life—especially in desert cities like Phoenix, AZ. But how much do you really know about the AC that keeps your home pleasant even when the thermometer outdoors rises up toward a sweltering 120°F?