Air conditioners

A Brief Explanation of Popular Residential AC Options

When it comes to cooling your house, you’ll be seeking the most efficient and cost-effective method available. Design and noise level may also be important factors to consider. Since all residential AC units are not created the same, here’s a brief breakdown of the options available to today’s homeowners.

Split AC

If your home already contains a duct system for transferring air, the split AC system seams with it effortlessly with the addition of a blower to provide you with cold air in the hotter months. It’s connected to an evaporator coil located indoors that removes heat and moisture from the air. This is released outdoors in the form of a condenser coil. Additionally, a compressor is also installed outside to provide refrigerant between the separate coils.

Window AC

Window AC units also use a system of coils to remove heat from the air, but on a much smaller scale. Typically reserved for use with individual rooms, your window AC will use refrigerant between a series of evaporating and condensing coils to cool and dehumidify. The air is blown by a fan installed in the unit and usually contains settings that can be manually utilized to control the specific temperature and fan speed needed for your particular room. Individual window units are not going to cool an entire building, so use them only in small spaces. While they are often the most economical option, they are not as well hidden as a traditional split system.

Floor Standing AC

Quieter and more attractive than window units, floor standing AC systems offer a sleek and simple way of cooling your space while enhancing the aesthetics of any room. While some still require a refrigerant connection to an outdoor unit, the indoor portion is hardly noticeable with its low noise level and basic rectangular design. For more portable systems, the outdoor portion is as easy as installing a vent through an available window. On the higher end, many systems integrate a wireless internet connection to enable the user to control temperature remotely. A fan that is multi-directional with different blowing speeds ensures your space will be cooled efficiently.