Different Types of Air Conditioning Units
- Central air conditioning
- Ductless mini splits
- Window units
- Portable air conditioners
- Evaporative (swamp) coolers
- Packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC)
There are many different types of air conditioners that will work for many types of homes. Which air conditioner you choose for your family is dependent on the area or space to cool, budget, eco-friendly options as well as energy efficiency. Things to consider when choosing which unit to cool your home:
- Space in Home to cool
- Climate Outside, i.e. hot and humid, hot and dry, etc
- Home structure
In this series, we are going to go over each type of air conditioning/cooling unit, to better assist you in making an educated decision.
First, we are going to go over the most popular cooling unit; the central air conditioning option. Two thirds of homes in the United States have central air conditioning. When selecting a Central Air Conditioning option, you want to consider the space to cool in the home. Central air conditioning is going to cool the home or business through ducts. Central air conditioning systems use ducts to distribute cooled air throughout your home or business. It will cool the entire space, not isolated to one room, like other types of air conditioners.
A great advantage to choosing a central air conditioning option is the unit is good in any climate. Whether you live in hot and humid climate or hot and dry terrain, your home will be cool and comfortable with a central air unit. Typically, central air conditioners will remove the humidity and heat from the air to keep the area cool. In a “split system,” the typical design, refrigerant circulates between an indoor coil and a matching outdoor condenser with compressor. The refrigerant, as we mentioned in the previous blog, cools the air, dehumidifying it in the process.
Another main component, the blower circulates air through ducts throughout the house. A variation is the “heat pump,” a type of system that functions as heater and cooler. When used as an air conditioner, a heat pump discharges heat from the house either into the air or deep into the ground.
Considering your home, if you do not have central air conditioning, you may want to consider contacting A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning Services LLC to help choose the type of air conditioner you would like in your home. We can also help you determine whether your house is a good fit for central air and what would need to be done to accommodate your plans for cooling your space.