Time to Upgrade Your Air Conditioner
Thinking of upgrading your air conditioner? Congratulations! A new HVAC system is always a treat, but how do you make the best choice for your home and lifestyle? Many people only know about central air conditioning, but there are many different options on the market that can help you save money.
We've compiled a list of five different types of air conditioners for you to consider.
1. Central Air Conditioners
Central AC is by far the most common type of air conditioner found in homes today. This model relies on an outside unit to draw in hot air and cool it using a refrigerant. Then, the air is filtered and delivered to your home through an intricate series of ductwork and vents in the floors and walls.
Central air conditioning circulates air throughout your home, but they are costly to run continuously and will raise your energy bill during the summer months. Planning and installation require time and collaboration with a certified HVAC technician as the unit and duct sizing has to be just right for your home to ensure maximum efficiency.
2. Ductless, Mini-Split Air Conditioners
For homes that have undergone renovation, a ductless, mini-split air conditioning is a good alternative to central AC. You will still have an outdoor condenser unit, but a ductless system cools your home through a wall-mounted indoor unit.
A favorable advantage of mini-split systems is the ability to set the temperature for individual rooms. If you would like to only cool one part of your house during the summer, a ductless, mini-split system will allow you to adjust your temperature room-by-room via indoor handling units.
3. Portable Air Conditioners
Portable air conditioners are an affordable option for people who want something stronger than a window unit but cannot afford or accommodate a central system. Portable air conditioners can also be used to enhance an old central system when replacement is not currently an option.
Portable air conditioning units use a hose that runs out of the window, though some models can be vented through a wall or a drop ceiling. Portable units often have wheels, so you can move them from room to room as needed.
4. Hybrid Air Conditioners
A hybrid air conditioning unit combines traditional energy and solar power to cool your home. Hybrid A/C units come in a variety of models including floor and wall, standing and ceiling. These energy-efficient units can save you up to 30-percent on your electricity costs.
Hybrid solar air conditioners absorb thermal energy through inner coils and use that energy to continue the cooling process. The hotter it gets, the better the system works, so if you're looking to make an eco-friendly investment, this might be the right choice for you.
5. Evaporative Air Conditioners
Often called "swamp coolers," evaporative air conditioners are comparable to window units. These models only use air and water instead of a refrigerant, and its technology is so simple that it dates back to ancient Egypt.
Evaporative air conditioners draw hot air into the home through moisture pads, which is then cooled and distributed throughout the home using a fan. The downside of evaporative air conditioners is that they need a dry, hot climate to deliver the best results. If your home or region already has high humidity, then this model isn't the best choice.
To learn more about our HVAC services and how to choose the right air conditioner, contact Ductworks Heating and Air Conditioning at (763) 225-2729 to speak with one of our experts. If you need to schedule an appointment, please use our online form!