Have you been looking into what it will take to install air conditioning in your home? If so, you're likely considering central air conditioning. You'll find that central air conditioning can be quite expensive to add to a home, especially if you do not have existing ductwork to use. Here is how you can save money on your air conditioning when installing it in your home.
Chose An Alternative Cooling Method
If you are finding the total cost of installing central air conditioning to be too high, know that you do not have to go with that specific cooling method. You can go with an alternative air conditioner that doesn't involve all of the ductwork. Ductless air conditioning units are placed within the walls of your home, with a unit being placed in each room that you want cool air in.
Ductless systems help keep costs down because they can only be installed in rooms that need cooling. You may decide to install a ductless air conditioner in a living room and bedroom, letting the other rooms go without direct cooling. Those rooms will see cold air while the unit is on, but they won't get as cold as the rooms with a unit directly in them.
A heat pump is another option, which removes the heat from the air in a room and pumps it outside your home. These systems require a central compressor and small heat pump units installed in the walls of your home.
Reduce Your Operation Costs
You should not just look at the installation cost of an air conditioner because the operation cost can matter just as much. By installing a ductless or heat pump in your home, you will already be making good progress by significantly reducing your energy costs associated with the cooling method. With units being installed in rooms where you want cool air, you'll avoid the need to waste energy to cool down your entire home. If you want to sleep comfortably at night, you can just run the unit that is in your bedroom.
Another way to reduce your operating costs is to install a smart thermostat. The ability to turn off the air conditioner when you are not home — based on a motion sensor or the location of your smartphone — can help cut back on wasting energy to cool a home when you are not around. Having the thermostat learn your schedule can also help with limiting use when you're not around.
For more information on air conditioning, contact a company like Astro Air Inc.