Because of local weather, a central cooling system isn’t a necessity.
I always managed the brief summer season with portable air conditioners in the bedrooms and box fans in the rest of the house.
This wasn’t ideal. I never liked the look of the portable air conditioners and worried about the security risk of open windows. The fans tended to blow a lot of dust around, made lots of noise and couldn’t keep up on really hot days. I still had no intention of upgrading to central air conditioning until a local HVAC company offered a special on installation. There was also an available rebate from a well-known manufacturer on a top-of-the-line system. Because I already had the air handler and ductwork in place for the forced air furnace, the investment into central cooling was not all that much. I hoped it would help with my allergy symptoms. The central cooling system has made a huge improvement in the health, comfort and cleanliness of my home. With the windows closed, there’s no influx of pollen, dust, bugs or exhaust fumes. Plus, the air conditioner actively filters the indoor air, trapping airborne particulate. Even when the outside temperature is mild, I run the air conditioner’s fan. The fan circulates the air throughout the house, making it feel fresh and continuing to provide filtration. On really hot and humid days and nights, I simply lower the thermostat and every room is perfectly comfortable. My whole family sleeps better and has more energy during the day. Because the new cooling system achieves a 26 SEER, it uses minimal energy and hasn’t made a huge impact on my electric bills.