Your air conditioning unit is a significant investment in your home and your budget, so you want to get the most value for your investment. But how do you know which is best for your residence? Simply estimate the size of your air conditioner, its high-efficiency features, the needs of your home, it’s quality, its cost and all the other attributes of any air conditioning system to make your head spin. We are committed to helping you make the perfect choice for your family, your home and your budget in a simple and convenient way.
Types of AC Units
Currently, there are six different types of air conditioners, each designed for a specific space/reason. These six types of air conditioners are basic central air conditioner, ductless air conditioner, window air conditioner, portable air conditioner, hybrid air conditioner and geothermal air conditioner.
Central Air Conditioners
A central air conditioner combines the evaporator, condenser and compressor into a single unit that is located on a roof or concrete floor near the building foundation. From the unit, ducts through the exterior wall or roof extract air from inside the house and return the cooled air to the interior. This type of air conditioner can also be combined with a set of heating coils or a natural gas furnace installed inside the building.
Ductless, Mini-Split Air Conditioners
This is a good choice for residences that do not have conduits. Ductless and mini-split systems combine an outdoor compressor and condenser with one or more indoor air conditioning units. These units are wall-mounted with fans, pipes connect the indoor and outdoor units and distribute the refrigerant between them.
Each unit in your building will have a separate unit that will cool exactly that area, like a window unit. These units can be installed without breaking the walls and allow you to control the temperature independently in each room. They can be more energy efficient, but are more costly if you are cooling an entire house.
These are the most popular types of air conditioning units for single rooms. All components are enclosed in a single unit with a single thermostat indicator that is placed in a slot in the wall or window sill where the unit is mounted.
This system is very similar to a window installation, but it can be moved from room to room. It is autonomous and independent on the floor, so you can move it from room to room or from apartment to apartment. It uses only an electrical plug to turn on and a window to evacuate the exhaust air.
Hybrid Air Conditioner
AC hybrid systems will alternate between using conventional heating fuels and electricity to save money and energy while operating your system. In the summer, the heat pump works as usual, extracting heat from your home and distributing it outside. In winter, your hybrid heat pump system functions in reverse, extracting heat from the outside environment and distributing it to your own home.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
As a new alternative method of heating and cooling, geothermal technology is capable of extracting heat from the underground and transferring it to your home. A geothermal coil is installed in the ground and can be used to heat and cool your home. In winter, heat is extracted from the earth; in summer, heat is extracted from your home and redistributed into the ground. This solution is very durable, energy efficient and offers a longer life span than other available options.