learning the basics of home septic systems
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learning the basics of home septic systems

A septic system is something that is easily forgotten until something goes horribly wrong. What should you avoid running down your kitchen sink? Is one type of toilet paper safer to use than another? How often does your septic tank really need to be cleaned? These were just some of the questions that I had about my septic tank after it had backed up and filled my yard with raw sewage. Since then, I have spent hours researching septic systems so that I would not have to go through that again. I have developed my website to make learning about septic systems a little easier for others like me.

learning the basics of home septic systems

Adding Air Conditioning To An Existing Home

Matthew Young

Air conditioner installation in a new home is pretty straightforward, but for an existing home, adding air conditioning can be a big job. Installing the air conditioning can involve adding ductwork or other large items in the building that does not have provisions for it. 

Standard Air Conditioning

Installing air conditioning in your home may mean installing a completely new HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. The HVAC system uses ductwork for both the heat and AC in the home. The standard AC systems are part of the bigger system and use the same thermostat as the heat. 

If your home has hot air heating but no AC, you need to have an HVAC contractor take a look at your system to determine how best to add the AC to it. They may be able to install a stand-alone system that uses the same ductwork, or they may recommend changing part of the system while leaving other parts in place. 

New System Installation

If your home has never had ductwork in it for heat or AC, an HVAC contractor will need to install the ducts for you. In some situations, opening up a wall or moving plumbing and wiring may be necessary. While adding the air conditioning system to an older home is not the best option, it is possible to do. 

Keep in mind, the cost of adding air conditioning to an existing home will likely be higher than if it is put in a new home because of the amount of work involved and the potential for having to replace sheetrock or other materials in the home. 

Alternative Systems

Mini-split systems are one alternative that you may want to consider when adding air conditioning to an existing home. The mini-split system is ductless and uses a small condenser on the outside of the home. The condenser uses some tubing to connect to the head unit in the home, but the unit is mounted on the wall with minimal work. 

The mini-split units are stand-alone systems and require one for each room but in a small home that you only need a couple of units in, it can be less expensive options for you and these units are far more economical to operate than window units. Many of these small units have heat options as well but check with your local HVAC company to see what is available in your area and to find out if it fits your budget better than installing a new AC system in your home.