July 5, 2011 Uncategorized  No comments

It is often assumed that upgrading to a central air conditioning system will require a ton of time and money on making modifications to your home’s ductwork. However, installing a central air conditioning system is a lot easier and more inexpensive than you might think. Before you make your upgrade, it is essential that you get a qualified contractor to take a look at your ducts.

Choosing the correct HVAC contractor is a very important process. Since getting a new system is a big investment, you should make sure that the contractor you choose for installation and any ductwork modification is reputable and experienced. Also, it is important that they have the correct licenses. A licensed contractor ensures that all requirements are met and that your equipment is installed into your home correctly.

When modifying your systems ducts to fit a central air conditioning system, a good HVAC contractor will usually have to make the following adjustments:

  • Upsize the Furnace Blower: A furnace blower that is undersized cannot move sufficient amounts of air through your new systems coils and, as a result, they can freeze.
  • Properly Seal All Air Ducts: Sealing your ductwork properly will give your system a boost in efficiency and balance out your duct system. Poorly balanced systems can cause back drafting in the winter and create pockets of warm air during the summer.
  • Change Out All Supply Registers: It is important that your old supply registers are changed out for ones that let more air pass through. Old registers provide far too much resistance to air flow. In fact, new supply registers can improve the airflow of your system by 15 to 25 percent.

With a new air conditioner and correctly modified ducts to go along with it, your home will be more comfortable than ever. In order to ensure that your new system is installed correctly and the ductwork in your home is modified accordingly, make sure that you are choosing a quality contractor to carry out the work. For more information on modifying your ductwork, contact the experts at Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning services Minnesota’s Twin Cities. To get started, check out our website.

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