Choosing the Right AC For Your Home
Spring is here in full force, and Summer is on its way! If you haven’t had to turn on your AC yet, you will soon. If your current cooling system is old, damaged, or outdated, you should consider a replacement before the hot weather really hits. Before you make a decision, you should do a little research. It’s important for you to know what types of systems are available, and which ones are the most compatible with your home. Here are the most common residential models available today:
- Central Air. This is the most common type of air conditioning system, as it can cool your entire home with ease. These AC’s consist of an outdoor compressor that controls the cooling and pushes cold air out through your vents.
- Heat Pumps. These models are similar to central air because they push air through your home by way of your vents. However, these systems aren’t just for cooling. Like their name suggests, heat pumps can be used year round to produce heat as well.
- Room Units. For the homes that don’t have central air, these small and portable units are very common. These units are typically mounted on a wall or placed in a window to cool down a single room or finite area. They are inexpensive to purchase, but they can run up your electric bill quickly.
- Evaporative Coolers. These models are best if you live in a dry climate. They pull fresh air into your home through an evaporative system and add moisture to your air while they cool it.
- Ductless Mini-Split Systems. These models have become much more common in the last few years. Installation is quick and easy, and they can be used for both heating and cooling. Each model has an outdoor compressor that attaches to an indoor component. Typically mounted on a wall, these units take up very little space and are perfect for cooling apartments, or smaller zones in your home.
Things to Consider
No matter which model you think sounds best, you need to consider the pros and cons of each to know how well it will be able to meet the needs of your home. Before making a decision, it’s important to do a little research. Here are things you should think about before you make 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, call Cranney. We’re ready to help you stay cool all summer long!
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