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Types of Air Conditioners: Which is best for you?

 

Types of Air Conditioners Which is best for you 1Is your air conditioner due for an upgrade? Are you considering buying an air conditioner for the first time? Air conditioners are an investment, so it’s important to consider what type of air conditioner best fits your needs before you buy.

The type of air conditioner you choose should be based on the size of your home (in square feet), the ductwork in your home (older homes may lack air ducts), the future of your home (how long you’re planning on living there) and your budget (how much can you afford to spend on a new air conditioner).

In this blog post, we will review the different types of air conditioners in order to help you decide which air conditioner is best for you and your home. To learn more about evaluating the size and ductwork of your home, check out this blog post about the appropriate infrastructure for central air conditioning systems.

  • Window Air Conditioners: Window air conditioners are self-contained units that fit snugly into open windows. The cooling capabilities of window air conditioning units are limited due to their small size and static location. Window air conditioners are great if you need to cool a single room. However, they are not a whole-home cooling solution. Window air conditioners are affordable and ideal for people who are renting or living in apartments. They are relatively small and can be transferred to your new home if you move.

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  • Air Source Heat Pumps: Did you know that your air source heat pump can be used for cooling as well as heating? Air source heat pumps are sometimes called “reverse-cycle air conditioners,” because they can be used to absorb heat inside your home and transfer it outside. Air source heat pumps are an energy efficient and low maintenance cooling solution for homes that have ductwork. The installation cost of air source heat pumps is high, but the running and maintenance costs are low. Air source heat pumps are a great cooling solution for environmentally conscious individuals who own homes with the proper ductwork.
  • Central Air Conditioners: Central air conditioners have become the most popular type of air conditioner in the United States due to their superior cooling capabilities. They are made up of two units: the condensing unit that is located outside the home and the evaporative unit that is located next to the furnace. Central air conditioners utilize ductwork to evenly distribute cool air throughout the home. They are the quietest and highest performing type of air conditioner. Central air conditioners are great for homeowners who want consistent cooling and to increase the value of their home.

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  • Ductless Air Conditioners: No ductwork in your home? No problem! Ductless air conditioners, also known as a split system or mini-split systems, are a common cooling solution for hotel rooms and apartments. They are traditionally used to cool one room, but new systems are being produced that can cool multiple rooms. Ductless air conditioners are comprised of two small air conditioning units that can be installed on the interior walls of your home. Ductless air conditioners are great for apartment dwellers or homeowners with no ductwork in their homes, who are looking for a more permanent cooling solution than window air conditioners.
  • Portable Air Conditioners: A portable air conditioner is a single self-contained unit that can be wheeled into a room and positioned on the floor. Hot air is discharged by a hose vent through an exterior wall. Portable air conditioners tend to be noisy but they are a good temporary cooling solution.

It’s important to consider the infrastructure of your home and your budget before committing to buying a new air conditioner. However, with so many types of air conditioners to choose from, we’re sure that there’s one that’s right for you and your home.

For more useful cooling tips and advice, follow the Ray N. Welter Heating blog or “like” us on Facebook!

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Types of Air Conditioners: Which is best for you?

 

Types of Air Conditioners Which is best for you 1Is your air conditioner due for an upgrade? Are you considering buying an air conditioner for the first time? Air conditioners are an investment, so it’s important to consider what type of air conditioner best fits your needs before you buy.

The type of air conditioner you choose should be based on the size of your home (in square feet), the ductwork in your home (older homes may lack air ducts), the future of your home (how long you’re planning on living there) and your budget (how much can you afford to spend on a new air conditioner).

In this blog post, we will review the different types of air conditioners in order to help you decide which air conditioner is best for you and your home. To learn more about evaluating the size and ductwork of your home, check out this blog post about the appropriate infrastructure for central air conditioning systems.

  • Window Air Conditioners: Window air conditioners are self-contained units that fit snugly into open windows. The cooling capabilities of window air conditioning units are limited due to their small size and static location. Window air conditioners are great if you need to cool a single room. However, they are not a whole-home cooling solution. Window air conditioners are affordable and ideal for people who are renting or living in apartments. They are relatively small and can be transferred to your new home if you move.

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  • Air Source Heat Pumps: Did you know that your air source heat pump can be used for cooling as well as heating? Air source heat pumps are sometimes called “reverse-cycle air conditioners,” because they can be used to absorb heat inside your home and transfer it outside. Air source heat pumps are an energy efficient and low maintenance cooling solution for homes that have ductwork. The installation cost of air source heat pumps is high, but the running and maintenance costs are low. Air source heat pumps are a great cooling solution for environmentally conscious individuals who own homes with the proper ductwork.
  • Central Air Conditioners: Central air conditioners have become the most popular type of air conditioner in the United States due to their superior cooling capabilities. They are made up of two units: the condensing unit that is located outside the home and the evaporative unit that is located next to the furnace. Central air conditioners utilize ductwork to evenly distribute cool air throughout the home. They are the quietest and highest performing type of air conditioner. Central air conditioners are great for homeowners who want consistent cooling and to increase the value of their home.

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  • Ductless Air Conditioners: No ductwork in your home? No problem! Ductless air conditioners, also known as a split system or mini-split systems, are a common cooling solution for hotel rooms and apartments. They are traditionally used to cool one room, but new systems are being produced that can cool multiple rooms. Ductless air conditioners are comprised of two small air conditioning units that can be installed on the interior walls of your home. Ductless air conditioners are great for apartment dwellers or homeowners with no ductwork in their homes, who are looking for a more permanent cooling solution than window air conditioners.
  • Portable Air Conditioners: A portable air conditioner is a single self-contained unit that can be wheeled into a room and positioned on the floor. Hot air is discharged by a hose vent through an exterior wall. Portable air conditioners tend to be noisy but they are a good temporary cooling solution.

It’s important to consider the infrastructure of your home and your budget before committing to buying a new air conditioner. However, with so many types of air conditioners to choose from, we’re sure that there’s one that’s right for you and your home.

For more useful cooling tips and advice, follow the Ray N. Welter Heating blog or “like” us on Facebook!

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