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Moving Your AC To The Rooftop: Three Things To Consider

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If your home has a central air conditioning unit that is situated on the ground, you may have considered the idea of moving it to the rooftop. There are some benefits to having your AC mounted on the roof, such as having all the essential components located in one place. It can also be a more efficient option for cooling your home, as cool air tends to sink (while warm air tends to rise). This helps to distribute the cool air through your home a bit more organically. However, the move may not be right for you. Use this guide to help you determine if moving your AC to your rooftop is the best option for your home, and discuss the project with your AC repair person.

Extreme Weather

If you live in an area that experiences extreme weather, such as year-round high temperatures and humidity, your air conditioner may become damaged over time. There are some ways to avoid the exposure to the elements, however, such as situating the unit so it receives shade from a nearby tree. Talk to your AC contractor to determine if your area's weather conditions might make a rooftop installation less than ideal for your home.

Repairs And Maintenance

While the actual repair work may not differ depending on where the unit is located, the rooftop location can make access to the unit more difficult. If you plan on doing maintenance and repairs on your own, rooftop installation may not be the best choice. Your AC repair person, on the other hand, can handle these repairs for you safely and efficiently.

Home Value

For homeowners who may decide to sell their home later on, the decision to mount an air conditioner on the roof can be a tricky one. If other homes in your area have roof-mounted air conditioners, then it may not be a bad option for you to do so as well. You'll want to consider how visible the unit will be from the ground level and if it detracts from the overall aesthetic of your home. Remember that you can fence off an air conditioner positioned on the ground so it's not as clearly visible, but a rooftop AC is harder to hide. You can talk to a real estate agent to see what the potential impact might be on your home's value should you decide to more the unit to the roof before you make your final decision.

Talk to your AC contractor, like those represented at, about the benefits and drawbacks of a roof-mounted unit, and make a decision together to see if this is the right move for your home. Your contractor can uninstall your current unit and move it to the roof, and he or she can perform regularly scheduled maintenance or any necessary repairs at the time of the installation.