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New Construction: Should I add an A/C coil for the future?

We see this more and more.  New homes are going on the market with a line-set installed and  air conditioning coil installed.  Often marketed as Air Conditioning ready, Contractors and real estate agents like the solution because it offers a perceived increase in value for the buyer.

There is more to the story.  Some of this thinking really depends on what you want to do when you actually buy the outdoor unit and have it installed.  In other words, what would your goals be for efficiency, overall cost, adaptability to new technology, etc.  Here’s how it breaks down.

  • If all your goals align and the answer is weighted toward low overall cost.  It will save you some money if you go ahead and have the coil and line-set installed during rough in.
  • If you are the person who weights the efficiency side and new technology higher, consider waiting until you are ready to do the install.  You will likely have more flexibility with new products and more available high efficiency matches to your furnace and coil.

As always, you can can ask anyone on the Mountain Sheet Metal team for help in wading through this decision.  We are proud to have a team who listens and can be creative with solutions.