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By - Crosby Calhoun

Types of Home Air Conditioners

When looking to buy and install an air conditioning system, you must consider the type. The different options available, each with its unique pros and cons. When scouring to find the most appropriate air conditioner for heating and cooling purposes, it is always advisable to seek expert opinion. After all, our air conditioning needs are unique, and so are the AC units in the market. Some of the main types of air conditioners are highlighted below.

Central Air Conditioner

AC uitThe central air conditioner is the most common cooling system, especially for larger homes. The system circulates conditioned air through the house via supply ducts. Warm air from the rooms is then circulated back to the central unit for conditioning. Central air conditioners require careful planning before installation is done. Part of the planning is determining the right AC size for the home to ensure efficient energy use.

Ductless Air Conditioner

The ductless mini-split ACs are typically used in retrofitted rooms in homes. They consist of an indoor handling unit and an outdoor compressor. They are a great choice when looking to cool individual rooms in the house. More than one indoor handling unit, usually up to four units, can be connected to a single outdoor unit. A major advantage is that you can control the temperature of individual rooms independently.

Window Air Conditioners

Window air conditioners, also called unitary units, are designed to be installed in rooms’ windows. They are particularly suitable for small homes when looking to save as much space as possible. Installing them in large rooms will result in inefficiency of the unit regarding power consumption. It also might not manage to get an entire room to maintain the same temperature.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable ACs are almost similar to window ACs. The main difference is that it does not expel warm air from the room. Instead, the warm air from the room is cooled and purified then pumped back into the room. Heat is discharged via a hose vent through a window or exterior wall vent. They are a great option for individuals looking for temporary cooling solutions.

Smart ACs

Smart ACs are generally those that are IoT-enabled. They can be connected to smart devices and operated remotely via the devices. Different ACs will come with different functionalities, depending on the manufacturer. They are usually more energy-efficient and convenient than other alternatives but significantly more expensive.

Geothermal ACs

Geothermal cooling is relatively new. It works by utilizing the earth’s insulating properties. The temperatures of about 6 feet below the earth’s surface usually remain fairly consistent irrespective of the season or weather condition. Geothermal ACs utilize that to cool or heat your home efficiently.