Air conditioning: no longer a “nice-to-have”

Do you remember when central air conditioning was considered an extravagance?

We recently caught up with Michael Hoang, marketing coordinator for Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating, to get his thoughts on the change in the way Vancouver home owners consider air conditioning in the home.

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“It used to be that an air conditioner was a luxury purchase,” he says. “Unlike a furnace, a boiler, or a hot water heater, which people have always seen as essential items, air conditioners were always a ‘nice-to-have’. However, with summers getting hotter, customers are noticing that cool air in the home can make their lives a lot more comfortable.”

Michael suggests that there are a number of things you should consider if you’re planning to purchase an air conditioning unit in the future:

·      Consider the size of the area you’d like to cool

“Many people just want the benefit of cool air in the bedroom,” he says. “But you can also have a central air conditioning unit that will cool your whole house. Obviously that’s a little more expensive, but if you have a large house, it could be worth the investment.”

·      Air Conditioner or Heat Pump?

“A heat pump can be a little more expensive,” Michael notes, “but it’s dual purpose: it will heat your home in the winter and cool you down in the summer.”

·      Do you already have ducts in your home?

If you have a boiler, you likely don’t have any air ducts around your home. “If you don’t have ducts, you could consider a ductless-split, or mini-split, system,” says Michael. “But if you do have ducts, then we’d recommend a standard cooling system.”

·      Do you live in a strata unit?

“Strata units are special situations,” says Michael. “To install an air conditioning unit, we typically need to cut a hole in the wall. This generally needs the approval of the property manager and/or the strata council. We recommend you seek this approval before arranging for us to come out and give you an estimate on installation.”

“The trend is definitely changing,” Michael adds. “We now see many people installing an air conditioning unit in their homes at the time of construction, whereas it used to be considered a luxury item people usually only thought about after the home was built.”

Whatever your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) needs, Milani Plumbing offers a free estimate and advice.

For more information on Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating  or a free estimate on an air conditioner Vancouver installation, call 604.630.7736, check out their website , or send them an email. Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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