Despite central air conditioning systems being commonplace, myths about them still persist. Myths are generally harmless, but sometimes they prevent homeowners from fully enjoying the benefits of their air conditioner. In this blog, AC repair and installation contractor J&M sets the record straight and debunks some common myths about central AC systems.
MYTH: Central AC Systems Can Only Cool Your Home
Houses with separate heating and air conditioning systems are not uncommon, which makes it easy to assume that the only function of AC units is to provide cooling. The truth is, however, that air conditioners were always capable of generating heat because the cooling cycle releases heat as a waste byproduct. Most HVAC contractors now offer reversible air conditioning systems, otherwise known as heat pumps.
MYTH: Central AC Systems Are Noisy
HVAC system outdoor units do generate noise, but it’s not as loud as many people think. When installed by an AC repair and installation professional, all you’ll hear is a quiet hum, almost like a typical refrigerator. Exterior walls and insulated windows also have sound absorption properties, which makes central AC systems quite unnoticeable when you’re indoors.
MYTH: Central Air Conditioning Is Inefficient
It’s easy to assume that a large AC system will cause a spike in your energy consumption, but the truth is running a single central AC system is far more efficient than running multiple window-mounted or mini-split AC systems to cool one house. Other factors such as leaky and neglected air ducts, poor house insulation and drafty windows can also affect energy efficiency, and should be addressed promptly to prevent spikes in energy consumption.
MYTH: Central AC Installation Requires Major Changes to the House
A whole-house HVAC system requires a network of air vents to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. Old houses—particularly those that were built before AC systems became commonplace—usually don’t come with vents. If you were having a new central AC system installed 20 years ago, you would definitely have had to make major changes to your home. but thanks to innovations such as compact and flexible air duct systems, you can now have a new central AC system installed while keeping your home in relatively the same condition.
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