If your air conditioning system fails every summer, it may tempt you to build your own cooling system to save money on a new installation. But it may not be the best idea for solving your dilemma. In fact, you may end up hurting yourself or endangering your health. Before you attempt to follow one of those DIY build-an-AC projects online, keep these three reasons why you shouldn't build your own AC in mind.
Develop Allergies To Mold
When dust, pet dander and mold builds up in your home, you can experience allergies all year round. These problems become worse when you don't have the right cooling system installed in your home. Building your own AC might seem like the better choice over paying for a new installation, but it's really not.
Traditional home cooling systems use air filters, coils and other components to block and remove impurities from your home's indoor environment. These essential parts work hard to keep your family allergy-free by grabbing onto impurities as they pass through the unit. A DIY unit may not do the job properly because it lacks the right purification system.
Also, your DIY AC may not have the right temperature settings installed to regulate the air circulation in your home. Good air circulation reduces the humidity in every room, as well as keeps moisture from sticking to the windows, walls and other surfaces of your home. Moisture is a main reason dangerous black mold spores develop. Additionally, mold can create respiratory problems, such as:
- swollen nasal passages
- lung infections
Allergies and mold aren't the only problems you need to worry about. You can also place your home at risk for electrical hazards.
Create Unsafe Electrical Hazards In The Home
Homemade air conditioning systems don't use the advanced equipment and parts, such as condensing coils and wire covers, that traditional central AC units use to safely power the units. Instead, you may need to use makeshift parts, such as pipes, to push cool air into your house. Some DIY cooling systems even use containers like buckets and water coolers to produce cold air.
In addition, these unsafe cooling apparatuses require you to attach live electrical wires to them that may cause electrical shortages in your home, electrocutions and fires once they come into contact with moisture or water. Stay safe by having a professional HVAC company install a new, better-working unit in your home that comes with the proper electrical covers, conductors and color codes. The codes and other features keep the electrical currents that travel through your air conditioner and home grounded, protected and separated to prevent accidents.
Your money-saving project may not save you as much money as you think. If the homemade unit fails to contain the moisture and water it pulls from the air, it could leak these things out onto your flooring. Water damage in your flooring can be expensive to fix, especially if the water penetrates the foundation beneath the tiles or carpets on your floors. This damage creates black mold, mildew and rotten wood that requires professional services to repair.
If the water spreads to the electrical wiring in your home, it could knock out your home's entire power system. You may need to contact an electrical contractor to repair the damage, as well as get permits for the work. These costs may add up.
To avoid the issues above, schedule your AC inspection and installation before summer reaches full swing. Your HVAC contractor will go over your current system to find out why it keeps breaking down on you. Sometimes, a unit stops working because it's too small for your home, too old or outdated. Once the contractor finds out the problem, he or she gives you an estimate of the installation costs.
Getting your home cooled the right way is the most effective way to save money. If you need additional help with your AC problems, schedule an appointment with your contractor today or check out additional reading.