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Can I Install An AC Unit If I Have A Boiler?

November 5, 2021

Can I Install An AC Unit If I Have A Boiler?

If you are debating between AC installation or a boiler, it is important to understand the pros and cons of each. Depending on your energy needs at any given time, installing either could make sense for your home. If you are thinking about changing your heating system soon by using HVAC services, here are some key points to consider before making a final decision.

Can I Install a Central AC Unit If I Have a Boiler?

AC installation will overwork your boiler to supplement it, which can be costly in installing, maintaining, and energy to run both systems. Additionally, if you are looking into replacing your boiler soon anyway, installing a central air conditioning system does not really make sense.

The process to install an air conditioning unit is quite different than that of a boiler. A new AC system requires very little additional work, whereas installing the central heating and cooling system in your home means significant structural changes, including digging up your yard which would be handled by professional HVAC services.

If you are looking for a more cost-effective solution in terms of installation and repair, it would be better to go with an individual room unit instead.

Differences Between an AC and a Boiler

An AC unit is designed to cool your entire home while a boiler heats it. Because of this, the installation process for an AC unit is much simpler than that of a boiler. Additionally, an AC system requires very little maintenance by comparison.

If you want the option to heat and cool your home with the same system, central air conditioning systems are not recommended because they rely on boilers too heavily. Instead, you should install individual room units if possible. This way, you can focus on heating or cooling specific rooms in your home without ruining your other investment in terms of your heating system.

Many homeowners choose to have separate units installed because using one unit will overwork another, which can render repairs more expensive down the line. For example, if you install an AC unit and it malfunctions, your boiler could also break because of the extra strain it is under.

It's important to weigh all your options before deciding which system will suit your needs best. If you are thinking about purchasing a home with central heating and cooling already installed, ask these key questions to determine how well it runs (and whether or not there are issues). The last thing you want is for one system to take over the other in terms of cost and energy performance, so it's vital to consider this when making a final decision. Contact our professional team at A-Plus Quality in Greater Toronto Area today to get a consultation. 

 

 

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FAQ

  • What are mini-split advantages?

    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
    Heat Pump- Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, providing year-round comfort.
    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
    Zoning- Most mini-split manufacturers offer systems capable of room-by-room “zoning”, to account for peak demands of a room based upon construction type, exposure orientation and usage.
    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
    They’re perfect for additions and remodels where access to current HVAC system is difficult to access.
    Modern mini-split systems are remarkably quiet; in fact, many times their operation is unnoticed by the end user.

  • Why is there ice building up on the copper pipes?

    There can be many reasons why the refrigerant pipes are freezing up but the most common issue is low refrigerant levels. If your AC unit has ice buildup turn off the unit for at least 4 hours and call us at 416-410-0337

  • Most common Boiler Issues

    - Boiler fails to ignite
    - Low pressure
    - Strange Noises
    - Boiler is not responding to the thermostat
    - Cold Radiators
    - Boiler leaking or dripping
    - Boiler cycling very fast
    - Available Hot water but No Heat

  • Why should I maintain my Furnace or AC?

    An annual maintenance will extend the lifetime of your heating and cooling unit. The technician will diagnose and repair any problem with the unit before it fails, so you won't need to worry about any problems when the weather gets very hot in the summer or extremely cold in the winter.

  • Water is Leaking on my Furnace

    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

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