Adding A/C to Your Gas Furnace System

So you’re considering adding air conditioning to your home (great idea! 😉). But did you know you can integrate A/C with your gas furnace system?

YES, it’s absolutely possible to add A/C capabilities to a new or existing gas furnace system. Let’s explore the benefits of this approach, and what options you can consider.

Benefits of Adding Air Conditioning to Your Home

Adding air conditioning to your home provides a number of benefits, especially during the hot summer months.

Here are a few reasons why you might consider adding A/C to your Nanaimo home:

  • Increased Comfort: With air conditioning, you can keep your home at a comfortable temperature no matter how hot it is outside.
  • Better Indoor Air Quality: Air conditioning can help filter out allergens and pollutants in the air, improving the overall air quality in your home.
  • Increased Home Value: Adding air conditioning to your home can increase its value and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Integrating A/C with Your Existing Gas Furnace System

If you already have a gas furnace system in your home, you can integrate air conditioning capabilities in a number of ways.

Here are a few options:

  1. Install an A/C Coil: One option is to install an A/C coil inside the existing air handler of your gas furnace system. This option is typically the most cost-effective and easiest to install.
  2. Install an A/C Unit Outside: Another option is to install an A/C unit outside your home that is connected to your gas furnace system through ductwork. This option requires more extensive installation work but can be more efficient than an A/C coil.
  3. Install a Dual Fuel System: A dual fuel system uses both your gas furnace and air conditioning system. This option can be more efficient and cost-effective than a stand-alone system, particularly if you live in a cooler climate.
  4. Install a Heat Pump: If you’re considering a heat pump system, you can integrate it with your existing gas furnace system in a number of ways. You can install a hybrid heat pump system that uses both your gas furnace and heat pump to provide heating and cooling, or you can install a geothermal heat pump that uses the earth's energy to provide heating and cooling.
  5. Install a Stand-Alone A/C System: If integrating with your existing gas furnace isn’t an option, you may have to install a stand-alone air conditioning system that operates independently from your gas furnace system. This option requires separate ductwork and can be more expensive than integrating A/C with your existing gas furnace system.

As you can see there are many options for upgrading your home's gas furnace to include air conditioning. To make sure you have all the information to make an informed decision it’s important to work with a trustworthy and knowledgeable HVAC contractor.

Choosing the Right Contractor for Your A/C Installation

When it comes to adding air conditioning capabilities to your gas furnace system, it’s important to choose the right HVAC contractor for the job. Here are a few things to look for in an A/C installation contractor:

  • Experience: Look for a contractor with experience installing air conditioning systems and integrating them with gas furnace systems.
  • Licensing & Insurance: Make sure the contractor you choose is licensed and insured to perform HVAC installations in your area.
  • References & Reviews: Check references and reviews from past customers to get a sense of the contractor's work quality and customer service.

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Nanaimo’s Gas Furnace & A/C Experts

West Temp’s experienced technicians can help you choose the right air conditioning system for your Nanaimo home. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!