Mounting a Mesa Air Conditioner in an Existing Roof Attic
When installing a new Mesa air conditioner, you may consider putting it in your roof attic. This might seem like a good idea since you can make good use of what may be empty space, and you can get your big, lunky air conditioning unit out of sight.
However, mounting an air conditioner in an existing roof attic is not a good idea. The project poses a number of problems both for the efficiency of the unit and the safety of your home.
Here are a few reasons why you should not mount an air conditioner in an existing roof attic space:
Poor Energy Efficiency
Attics can become much hotter than it is outside. In Mesa AZ, temperatures often reach triple digits in the summer. Temperatures in your attic can easily reach 150 degrees or more on the hottest days. When you mount an air conditioner in your attic, the air must first flow through the ducts in the attic and then into your home. The extreme temperatures in the attic will warm up the air inside the thin ducts, causing it to be warmer when it hits your home. You’ll have to turn the air conditioner to much lower temperatures just to feel comfortable inside.
Typical duct leakage can only exacerbate the problem, making it even harder for your air conditioner to keep your home cool.
At some point, you are going to have to have your air conditioner serviced, either for regular maintenance or for repairs. When the unit is located in your attic, it will be much harder for your AC contractor to access. The contractor will have to climb up into the space, may have to crouch down to reach the unit or work on it, and may not be able to get to all the parts easily. These issues could cause your repair bill to go up significantly.
Air conditioner put out a lot of moisture. Without the proper drainage, this water can accumulate in your attic, coming through your ceiling or your walls. Even with the right drainage, condensation can still accumulate and cause moisture damage. You could experience everything from mold to rot, depending on where the air conditioner is located and how bad the problem is.
Your air conditioner is one of the most important components of your home in Mesa AZ, where the summer heat can be punishing. When you are ready for a new air conditioner installation, it is important that you work with an AC contractor to find the best location for the AC unit. An experienced Mesa AC contractor like those at AZ Comfort Experts can evaluate your space and give you recommendations that will produce top energy efficiency. You’ll get an air conditioning unit that will evenly heat your home, help you save money on your utility costs and make it easy for you to conduct maintenance and repairs. If you’re worried about clutter from the unit, compact units are available that take up less space.
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