Living in the northeast, central air conditioning isn’t a necessity.
Our summers rarely last more than two or three months and are often chilly and wet.
I was always fine with window air conditioners in the bedrooms. The portable cooling units were easy to install and provided a comfortable sleeping environment. It wasn’t until my youngest daughter was diagnosed with severe allergies and asthma that I started looking into whole-home air conditioning. Having open windows with screens welcomed far too many contaminants. Dust, dander, fresh cut grass, pollen and exhaust fumes aggravate my daughter’s symptoms. We need to create the cleanest possible living environment to keep her healthy and enjoying a better quality of life. Because we already had the ductwork in place for the furnace, the installation of central cooling wasn’t hugely expensive. I spent extra to take advantage of a high SEER rating and features such as advanced filtration, dehumidification and zone control. Having the air conditioner has improved comfort for the whole family. Every room in the house is now maintained at the ideal temperature. When the weather is cooler, we still run the fan to circulate the air and keep it fresh. I’ve paired the air conditioner with an air purifier that runs 24/7 all year round. The purifier works to kill bacteria, viruses, mold spores and a long list of harmful toxins. It further captures particles smaller than a grain of table salt. I make sure to change filters in the heating and cooling equipment every month, and I’ve enrolled in a maintenance program with a local HVAC company. While I can’t eliminate every source of allergens, I can be proactive in targeting and eliminating them.
ductless mini split