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Choosing the Best AC For Your Home

April 30, 2018

With summer approaching, you may be thinking about installing or upgrading your AC system. Before making a decision, it’s important for you to know about all the different cooling options that are available so you can choose one that meets the needs of your home. Here are some common cooling systems that are available today:

  • Central Air is the most common cooling system because it cools your entire house. Typically, these systems include a large compressor is situated outside that drives the cooling process. Indoor refrigerant coils disperse the cool air through the existing vents in your home.
  • Heat Pumps work like central air systems do – they push air into your home through your vents. In addition to cooling, they can be used year-round for heating as well. Heat pumps help save money in utilities, but they may be less suitable for areas that experience extreme heat or cold.
  • Room unit AC’s are very common among homes that don’t have central air. They are typically mounted on a wall, ceiling, or through a window and can cool a single room or small open area. The upfront cost of room air conditioners is low, but constant use will reflect in your electricity bill.
  • Evaporative coolers are very useful in dry areas, as they work by pulling fresh air through an evaporative system. These models are very efficient and cost-effective to run. Because they add moisture to the air, they shouldn’t be used in areas that are already humid.
  • Ductless Mini-Split systems have grown increasingly popular in the past few years. These systems can be used for both heating and cooling and can be installed in one day. Mini-splits have two parts: an outdoor and an indoor component. These systems are best for cooling specific ductless areas, like an office, an addition, or a master bedroom. They are energy efficient and can improve your air quality as well.

Things to Consider

You may be familiar with the pros and cons of each system, but do you know which one will work best in your home? Before you make up your mind, it’s important to do a little research. You may like what a specific model has to offer, but it may not be the best fit for your home. Here are things you should consider before making a purchase:

  • Cooling speed: Some models can cool a room much faster than others.
  • Capacity: Evaluate the size of the area that you need to be cooled and then choose a model that can meet the size needs.
  • Efficiency: If your AC isn’t running efficiently, it can raise utility bills.
  • Model: Each type of AC has different models with different capabilities, so be sure to do some research ahead of time.
  • Air quality: Check to see if your potential choice has a humidification factor. This increases cooling and comfort and is much better for your air supply that a system with ducts.
  • Installation and maintenance: Depending on the model, installation and maintenance requirements will vary. It’s important to keep in mind that depending on the system, it may take longer or be more invasive in your home.

If you need help making a decision, Custom Climate HVAC is here to help! For questions about AC repair or replacement, call us today.