What Type Of Air Conditioner Is Best For Your Home?

What Type Of Air Conditioner Is Best For Your Home?

When it comes to cooling, homeowners have a variety of options to choose from. There are so many kinds of cooling systems, it’s no wonder homeowners can get confused. It’s hard to know what kind of system to trust to keep your family safe and comfortable. So we decided to help.

At Engineered Air, we are always looking to keep you informed on your home comfort options. That’s why we’ve put together a “no stress” guide for first-time AC buyers. In this blog, we’ll go over all the main types of cooling systems to help you decide what option will work best for your home.

Portable Air Conditioner

A portable air conditioner is a mobile, self-contained AC unit that can be placed and used in any room. They use hoses to discharge exhaust heat through, so they generally need to be placed near a window or exterior wall.

Pros

They can be moved from room to room, relatively easy. They are small and take up little space. Also, many people find them much more aesthetically appealing than window units.

Cons

They can only cool rooms less than 500 square feet, and are not the most powerful option.

Best For…

Stubbornly hot rooms that cannot be reached by central air conditioning, such as basements or attics. Also, they work great for seasonal use when you need just a little bit of extra cooling.

Window Air Conditioner

These self-contained units are set up in a window or through an exterior wall hole. It uses refrigeration components to cool the air. A fan blows the cool air throughout the room, and sends warm exhaust air outside.

Pros

These units are generally more affordable than other AC systems. Also, each room can be set to different temperatures, depending on your personal preference.

Cons

Many people do not like the fact that they block the windows and some units are also noisier than central air conditioners.

Best For…

Older homes that aren’t designed to equip a central air unit.

Split Ductless Air Conditioner

What Is It?

There are two parts to the ductless system: Wall units and the outdoor condenser unit. Refrigerant tubing runs through the walls, allowing the indoor unit to cool each room to separate temperatures.

Pros

These units are quieter than window units. They also allow for each room to be at separate temperatures. Also, unlike window and portable units, they do not have to be located next to a window or exterior wall.

Cons

In most cases, you still have an unsightly wall unit. They can also lead to higher energy cost than other units.

Best For…

Anyone who wants effective and customized temperature control for each room. Also, those living in older homes with no room for large ductwork would benefit from this type of unit.

Central Air Conditioning

What Is It?

This is what people consider “traditional” air conditioning. It is made up of a condensing unit and an evaporative unit. These two parts work with your home’s ductwork to produce and deliver cool, fresh air throughout your home.

Pros

These are the most efficient, quietest and best performing home system units. They are the best option for keeping your home cool.

Cons

If they are not sized properly, then they will not properly cool your home. Also, they need annual, professional maintenance to keep them efficiently running.

Best For…

Anyone seeking year-round, reliable home comfort. They work great in new homes, and larger homes that need lots of cooling power.

Get Informed on All Your Cooling Options

Before choosing a cooling system for your home, talk to one of the experienced technicians at Engineered Air. Our professional team members will help you decide which system is right for your home. Call today and get on the path to better home comfort!

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