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Types of Air Conditioning Systems and How to Choose Right One

Posted on July 24, 2012Rick Welter

Decision MakingWhen you’re sweating in your house because it’s so hot outside, and your air conditioning unit is subpar, your only thought is, “What can I do to keep cool?” With so many choices in the market, how do you know which type of air conditioning system is right for you?

In order to choose the best cooling and air quality system, first you need to take into account the size of the area you want to cool. If you have a one room apartment or guest house and want to keep the price as low as possible, a window air conditioning unit may be your best option.

However, a quieter, cooler and more efficient choice for a single room would be a ductless air conditioning system. If you want to cool and heat an entire house, then look into central air conditioning and heat pumps.

To help you decide, here is a quick list of the pros and cons of these options.

Window Units

Pros

  • Can normally be install them yourself
  • Low upfront cost
  • Energy efficient if you are cooling one or two rooms
  • A wide variety to choose from

Cons

  • Limited cooling area
  • Often loud since they are in the room
  • Obstruct at least part of one window
  • Must remove them or winterize them for the winter

Ductless Air Conditioners

Pros

  • Efficient to run
  • Quiet
  • No ductwork necessary
  • Compact and flexible for zoning
  • No open window security concern of a window unit
  • No need to remove them for the winter

Cons

  • Lack of air exchange ability
  • Requires a distribution unit mounted in each area
  • Expensive to install in new construction
  • Not efficient for the whole house

Central Air Conditioning

Pros

  • Sized to cool the entire house
  • More efficient than room air conditioners
  • Uses the same ductwork as central forced air furnaces
  • Quieter since placed outside and out of the way
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Programmable thermostats save on utility bills

Cons

  • Expensive compared to window units
  • Duct leakage can reduce energy efficiency
  • Older systems can be inefficient

Heat pumps

Pros

  • Economical in milder climates
  • Distribute heat evenly throughout the house
  • Turns on and off less often than a gas furnace

Cons

  • Ineffective in freezing temperatures
  • Heat produced not as intense as traditional furnaces
  • Needs backup heating in colder climates
  • Initial installation can be costly

If you need are interested in air conditioning installation or service in the Twin Cities or surrounding areas, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867.

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Types of Air Conditioning Systems and How to Choose Right One

Posted on July 24, 2012Rick Welter

Decision MakingWhen you’re sweating in your house because it’s so hot outside, and your air conditioning unit is subpar, your only thought is, “What can I do to keep cool?” With so many choices in the market, how do you know which type of air conditioning system is right for you?

In order to choose the best cooling and air quality system, first you need to take into account the size of the area you want to cool. If you have a one room apartment or guest house and want to keep the price as low as possible, a window air conditioning unit may be your best option.

However, a quieter, cooler and more efficient choice for a single room would be a ductless air conditioning system. If you want to cool and heat an entire house, then look into central air conditioning and heat pumps.

To help you decide, here is a quick list of the pros and cons of these options.

Window Units

Pros

  • Can normally be install them yourself
  • Low upfront cost
  • Energy efficient if you are cooling one or two rooms
  • A wide variety to choose from

Cons

  • Limited cooling area
  • Often loud since they are in the room
  • Obstruct at least part of one window
  • Must remove them or winterize them for the winter

Ductless Air Conditioners

Pros

  • Efficient to run
  • Quiet
  • No ductwork necessary
  • Compact and flexible for zoning
  • No open window security concern of a window unit
  • No need to remove them for the winter

Cons

  • Lack of air exchange ability
  • Requires a distribution unit mounted in each area
  • Expensive to install in new construction
  • Not efficient for the whole house

Central Air Conditioning

Pros

  • Sized to cool the entire house
  • More efficient than room air conditioners
  • Uses the same ductwork as central forced air furnaces
  • Quieter since placed outside and out of the way
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Programmable thermostats save on utility bills

Cons

  • Expensive compared to window units
  • Duct leakage can reduce energy efficiency
  • Older systems can be inefficient

Heat pumps

Pros

  • Economical in milder climates
  • Distribute heat evenly throughout the house
  • Turns on and off less often than a gas furnace

Cons

  • Ineffective in freezing temperatures
  • Heat produced not as intense as traditional furnaces
  • Needs backup heating in colder climates
  • Initial installation can be costly

If you need are interested in air conditioning installation or service in the Twin Cities or surrounding areas, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867.

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