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Do I Need More Than One A/C Unit In My Home?

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Summers in South Florida are notoriously hot. How you decide to cool your home or commercial building is an important consideration. After all, you’ll want the most efficient way to stay cool. One of the most common questions homeowners and property owners have is whether or not it makes sense to install more than one air conditioning unit. In some scenarios, it does make sense to do so. However, to know for sure, keep reading to explore whether or not two units are a good fit for your cooling needs.

Consider the Age of the Home or Structure

Newer homes are built with energy efficiency in mind. So, they’re often designed with the necessary ductwork and infrastructure needed for today’s more modern air conditioning units. In these types of homes and structures, one unit can typically be enough to keep your living spaces cool throughout the Florida summer.

However, if your home was built decades ago, it’s possible the architecture doesn’t support today’s air conditioning solutions. In some instances, homes were built before air conditioning existed. So, modern AC units aren’t going to be as effective, especially if you have multiple levels to cool and limited ductwork. Having two units in these older or historic homes is often a great option.

Consider the Size and Zoning Areas of Your Home

Some homes within 1,500 and 2,500 square feet can effectively remain cool with one amply-sized AC unit. However, depending on the zones or layout of your home, it might be worth considering two separate units.

Ideally, the way your home or building is designed, including open floor plans, T or L-shaped living spaces, and various levels, you’ll want an AC system that circulates cool air throughout without pooling along the floor. And some designs call for more than one AC unit to effectively cool all the spaces and rooms.

Ask your air conditioning professional to advise you on which cooling options make the most sense for your home’s size and zoning.

Improved Energy Savings with Two Units

Adding another AC unit to your home will obviously come with a price tag. However, there are energy efficiency savings to offset those installation expenses. With two units, you’ll have more control over how much energy you use to cool your spaces. For example, turning one unit off at night or only using second-floor units when guests come over can offer tremendous savings.

In addition, when your AC system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain cooler temperatures, you can save big on energy consumption. Having two units doing the job can relieve the straining of one unit. So, calculate what you’re currently using in terms of energy and talk with your AC professional to see if adding a second unit can help you save.

Having a Backup Unit Can Be a Game-Changer

Nothing’s worse in the hot Florida summer than your AC breaking. And if maintaining a cool living space is your top priority, considering a second unit can be a game-changer. Should one of your air conditioners break down, you can still rely on the cooling power of the second unit, ensuring you maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

If you’d like to explore options for a second AC unit in your home or building, contact us by calling 1-800-475-1504! As South Florida’s trusted professional AC company, providing reliable service since 1983, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric can answer all your questions about improving your AC efficiency and keeping you cool all summer long.


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