If you are going to have central air put in your home and you live in a dusty area, then there are some things you want to be aware of, so you can make some choices to help your system run well for as long as possible and so you can prevent some other issues. Here are some of the things that you want to know when you live in a dusty area before your HVAC installation:
Consider the area for your condenser
If your condenser is placed at the side of your home, you should try to have it placed on the side of the house that blocks the wind, so less dust will end up getting inside of the housing. In areas with extreme dust, the condensers are sometimes placed on the roof of the home and this can really cut down on the amount of dust that ends up in the unit. If you have a dirt yard, then you might want to have a larger area of concrete poured instead of just the small pad of concrete the compressor will sit on. This way, you can clean the area with the hose and have a bit more control over some of the dust threats. Once installed, you are going to want to clean inside the housing with the system turned off when you see it is very dusty.
Be prepared to have the ducts cleaned more often
If you have had central air in the past when you lived in an area without as much dust, then you may have become used to not needing to have the ducts cleaned very often. However, when you live in an area that is very dusty, you are going to have more dust get in the ducts. When the air makes its way through the ducts and out the registers, it is going to push out a lot of that dust. This will make it a lot harder for you to keep your house clean and it can really bother those in the home who already suffer from allergies. The best thing to do is to have the tech check your ducts each year when they come out to service the unit. Then, have them cleaned according to the schedule they suggest.
Stock up on filters
When you are having your HVAC unit installed, find out the size of the filters you will need and just buy a stack of them. This way, you will have them available when your filter is dirty. With the concerns over all the dust in the area, you will want to check on the shape of the filter quite often, even as much as a couple of times a month so you know you aren't going to be running your new system with a filthy filter.