Your home’s cooling system is an important investment that will affect not only the overall value of your home, but also the quality of your life at home. When you and your family are not comfortable at home it impacts your daily routine, which can take a toll on your overall happiness and well-being. Knowing how an air conditioning unit could affect your life, the task of making a decision can be a daunting one. Not every cooling system is the same, so learning the differences between them is the first step in learning which system is right for you.
How do you choose?
Even though all air conditioners are designed to cool your home, not all air conditioners do it in the same way. When you are in the process of purchasing an air conditioner, you should take into considerations these factors before buying.
There are four main types of air conditioning units. Window units, through the wall units, portable units, and central or whole home units.
- Window Units – The most popular form of AC unit is the window unit. A window unit fits into a window opening and has its vents on the outside. For those who like to do their own installations, the window unit is also the easiest to install, remove, and transfer to and from different windows throughout the house.
- Through the Wall Units – Through the wall units are somewhat larger and often heavier than the average window units. These types of AC units do not sit in a window, but rather are installed through wall and rest on a weight-supporting AC sleeve that is set into an exterior wall. The electric circuitry of the home must be examined especially in older homes before this type of AC unit can be installed, as they often require a large amperage and voltage.
- Portable Units – Portable AC units are designed to be versatile and convenient. They are made with the windowless space in mind and exhaust through temporary ducting. These types of units can be moved from room to room.
- Central Units – Central or whole home units are designed to cool the entire house at once. A central cooling unit is often combined with a central heating unit as well. This comprises a complete HVAC system. This is undoubtedly the most expensive option and almost always requires professional installation.
Consider cooling capacity.
Regardless of the type of AC unit that is chosen, the cooling capacity will be measured in terms of the BTU. The BTU of the system, the size of the home and the amount of windows will determine which type and which cooling capacity should be chosen.
Is it energy efficient?
Efficiency is a definite concern when considering purchasing an AC unit. The energy efficiency of a unit will be determined by the EER rating. Older model air conditioners can often be very expensive to run because the EER rating is not good, while newer models are made with efficiency in mind. Older models are often in need of more repair than newer models, which is also a money consideration.
If the process of choosing the right air conditioning unit seems too intimidating to start on your own, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our expert technicians will be happy to help you take the first step to making your home cool and comfortable.