Air Conditioning Selection Tips for Your Home

14 April 2020

Believe it or not, air conditioning systems vary depending on their additional features. While all of them have the core functionality to cool your home space, they are equipped with distinct properties that may be beneficial for some homeowners. To help you out, here are some types of air conditioning systems and their characteristics.

Portable Air Conditioners

This type of air conditioner can readily provide spot cooling for small rooms or areas that will need them temporarily. Access to a window is required with portable air conditioners since they need to channel heat exhaust to the outside through the exhaust duct provided. The condensation of these air conditioners accumulates inside the unit, so these units must be emptied after each use or when it fills up. If you will be getting this air conditioner, you must get the one with the highest BTU rating. It must also have an automatic shut-off feature and a washable air filter. 

Window-Mounted Air Conditioners

Window mounted air conditioners are great for cooling individual rooms within your home. These air conditioners can easily be installed by any homeowners. One disadvantage of using window-mounted air conditioners is they create a lot of internal and exterior noise. When you buy this air conditioner, you must purchase one with the highest BTU rating. You must also have a sturdy window frame to support the weight of the unit. Additional units of this air conditioner are required if you need to cool more than one room. Take note that the condensation of this unit comes out of the back of the unit, so be sure to keep the area of the drippings free from children and pet access. 

Ductless Air Conditioners

This type of air conditioner works quite similarly to the window-mounted air conditioner. However, ductless air conditioners do not require a window and are very quiet. All they need is a hole that will be punched in the exterior wall of your home. The hole is then mounted with a fan that is intended to receive cool air. The fan unit is then connected to the condenser through the copper tubing. So, if your home does not have any free windows and does not want any noise, then a ductless air conditioner is the best for you. To ensure great operation, your unit must have a size that is based on the square footage of the area to be cooled. A washable air filter must also be present in your unit. 

Split System Central Air Conditioners

Places with high temperatures for more than 6 months can take full advantage of split-system central air conditioners. The compressor of this air conditioner is located on a slab outside of your home, while the condenser and the blower are installed in-line with your existing ductwork. The blower of this type of air conditioner can serve and cool all the rooms in your home and can even double as a heater. The air within your home is recirculated and filtered through the air conditioner’s return duct. When you buy this type of air conditioner, you must retrofit your home to support a central heat and air conditioning solution. Moreover, you must only consider Puron-based systems. New ductwork is also recommended for better efficiency and a healthier living environment. 

Package System Air Conditioners

The package system air conditioner is a single unit system that already contains all the components found in a split system. Office buildings usually utilise this type of air conditioner, but they can also be used in high-end homes if they are hidden from plain sight. The air on this system is channelled in from the outside, while the heat exhaust is pumped outside, making this system less energy efficient than the split systems. Your considerations in buying package system air conditioners are the same with split systems. The only difference is that your seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating requirement must be 14 instead of 16.

Knowing the features and differences between numerous types of air conditioning units can help you choose and pick the best unit for you. If you need help, just contact us at Light-On Electrical so that we can recommend you the best air conditioning unit for your home. 

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