If you’re on the hunt for a new A/C system, you may be surprised to find out how many options you actually have. Though central air conditioning is a common type of system, here are five A/C systems you should learn about before making a decision.
1. Window air conditioners
A window air conditioner is typically mounted in a window and has an exhaust system that pushes hot air out the back and sides, while cooling the room indoors. This type of system is inexpensive and common in small homes or apartments. Window air conditioners can be moved between rooms and removed completely during colder months.
A few disadvantages include losing sunlight and fresh air from the window that it’s installed in. In addition, window air conditioners installed close to the ground can also be easily stolen.
2. Central air conditioning
Central air conditioning effectively cools many rooms at once by relying on ductwork and a coil filled with refrigerant. As the most expensive type of A/C system, central air requires professional installation.
3. Portable air conditioning
A portable air conditioner contains all of the necessary components within one appliance, including an exhaust hose that connects the unit to an airtight window kit and releases the exhaust outdoors. Because the condenser and exhaust fan are located within one unit, this type of A/C system tends to be a bit noisier as a result of the evaporator fan that collects condensation.
Be aware that portable air conditioners are ineffective in rooms larger than 500 square feet.
4. Through-the-wall air conditioners
This type of A/C system is also self-contained but is mounted permanently and cannot be removed once installed in a wall. Because installation requires cutting into a wall, it is recommended to hire a professional to ensure the job is done right.
Unlike window air conditioners, through-the-wall air conditioners are more energy efficient because they require an airtight seal.
5. Ductless split system air conditioners
As a two-part system, ductless split system air conditioners have an outdoor condenser unit and an indoor compact blower unit usually mounted on walls. One advantage of this type of A/C system is the ability to cool different rooms at different temperatures.
Factors to Consider Before Purchasing
Cost is an important factor when shopping around for an A/C system, but keep in mind that long-term efficiency will also have an impact on monthly energy costs. We recommend speaking to a professional Tucker Hill HVAC technician for more information on finding the right system for your home.