Are you wondering what type of air conditioner you have in your home, or are you shopping for a new unit? Here is a handy guide to the different types of AC units and their advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to know what system you already have installed, or which is right for your home to perform proper maintenance so your system can function as efficiently as possible. Learn about the different types of AC systems below!
Split System Air Conditioner:
The most important feature of a split system is they have a delivery method, called ducting, for the cool air to reach different parts of your home. These systems run on refrigerant to cool your home and are often found with a unit both outside and inside your home. Split systems are currently the most common AC unit because they last for many years and are efficient in cooling your entire home with only one system. However, these systems are more expensive up front and require regular maintenance to keep them functioning properly.
Ductless Mini-Split Systems:
Typically, a ductless mini-split system is mounted on the wall of each room in your home. This type of system is often seen in apartments or in many European buildings. It uses a heat pump, which can provide both AC and heat to the specific room it’s mounted in. The ductless mini-split does not help cold air circulate your entire home since there are no ducts to help distribute the air. You can, however, control the individual temperature of each room in your home without having to waste energy on cooling your entire home. Ductless mini-split systems are especially beneficial at night as you can keep cool by only running the unit in your bedroom.
Window or Wall Unit
A window AC unit is simply a small box with all parts of an air conditioner that you can plug into the wall and put in your window. These types of units are very portable, inexpensive, and easy to care for, however, they have limited effectiveness, will not cool your whole home, and are noisy. A wall unit is the same system, but it needs to be installed directly into your wall to function correctly.
If you still have more questions about the different types of AC systems, give us a call! We will help walk you through the steps in identifying your system, or give you details on which type of system will work best in your home. Contact us or call (623) 882-8390 today for more information!