We recently received a call from a homeowner in Hudson, New Hampshire. He had decided to make the investment in adding central air conditioning to his home, but was concerned that the existing electrical wiring would not be able to accommodate these new demands.
A central air conditioning system will need 3,000 to 5,000 watts of power to operate. Today’s houses can easily handle these demands, which are typically built with 150 or 200 amp service. However, homes built 30 years ago or more may only be able to handle 60 or 100 amp service. You can easily find your home’s amp service by looking at the main circuit breaker.
Any time you are thinking of adding a large electric appliance, such as central air conditioning, you will want to ensure that your current electrical system can manage this. Older homes with lower amp service may also be more difficult to sell, making an upgrade in the electrical system an advantageous one.
Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that because their older home isn’t wired for central air conditioning that this is simply unattainable. However, an electrician can replace the current panel box with a larger one, making a comfortable living space in the summertime attainable.
Installing central air conditioning in your home is a great investment, not only in your family’s comfort but for the future resale value of your home. And upgrading the electrical unit in older homes often becomes necessary over time, removing any reasonable power restrictions and taxing the system less.
The Hudson homeowner in this story did upgrade his home’s electrical unit, and installed central air conditioning, making these summer months much more comfortable for everyone in the home.
At Joyce Cooling & Heating Inc., our sales department can advise you on your air conditioning needs.
Let us help you stay in cool COMFORT this summer. Contact us today for your heating and air conditioning needs 603-882-4244