Having air conditioning to serve your Dallas-area home is certainly an important luxury in our warm climate. Getting through a single summer in the Metroplex without air conditioning available would be an uncomfortable challenge, to say the least. For some homeowners, however, a single air conditioner may not be enough. If you have a big house, adding a second floor air conditioner unit might be just the thing to optimize your comfort during the hottest days of the year.
This post will offer some basic tips for how you can go about adding a second air conditioning unit to your house in the Dallas area. When the time comes to get started on this project, call Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric for assistance. Our professional and experienced team will be proud to serve you on this important project. Reach out today to learn more.
Reason #1 – Save Money
It might not seem like installing a second unit to your air conditioning system would be a way to save money, as you’ll have to spend money on the purchase and installation of that unit. However, depending on your circumstances, it could. If you are looking at replacing your current air conditioning unit with a larger one to get the power you need to cool your home properly, adding a second, small air conditioning unit might be the more affordable approach. Not only could you save money by purchasing the smaller unit with less capacity, but you may also find you save money on energy every month with this new setup (more on that later).
Reason #2 – Improved Comfort
This second point might be the primary motivation for most people to make this upgrade. With a single air conditioning unit that treats your entire house as one zone, you may get uneven cooling from room to room. Specifically, you may find the upstairs rooms in your home are far warmer than downstairs, since warm air rises and will make its way to those higher locations. If you are going to cool down the upstairs, you might have to run your single unit system hard, which will bring rising energy costs and leave your downstairs cooler than you would like.
The answer to this problem is simply to split the cooling work between two units. This way, you can set each unit to cool its portion of the home appropriately without impacting the other. So, in this example, you can dial in the upstairs and downstairs temperatures perfectly day after day. This will make your home more comfortable all summer long and will give you the control you need to adjust as the weather changes.
Reason #3 – Redundancy
Summer in Dallas with no air conditioning is not fun. If your air conditioning unit goes out in the summer months, you might have to wait awhile to fix or replaced it – which is another reason adding a second unit is appealing. Basically, you’ll create a backup and have some cool air flowing if one of the air conditioners goes out. Sure, the single unit won’t perform as well as the two working together, but it will be far better than no air at all.
Reason #4 – Use Less Energy
Although less energy use might not be your main motivation, cutting down on energy consumption is a nice side effect. With two units working together, you might think that you’d be using more energy, but that is often not the case. The key here is you should cool your home more efficiently with two units, since you can properly control temperatures throughout your house (as discussed above). Each unit can take care of the part of the home that it is responsible for, and you won’t have to over cool one part of the house just to get the rest of the house comfortable. Given how much your utility bills can rise in the summer when your air conditioning is hard at work, lowering energy usage is a nice bonus.
Work with the Right Team for Adding a Second Floor Air Conditioner
There are many HVAC contractors available in and around Dallas, but few – if any – have the powerful combination of skills and experience available through Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric. Simply put, we’ve done it all before, and we’ll bring that background to your project. Give us a call or fill out the form here on our site and put the wheels in motion on this job right away.