When you’re shopping for something as big and important as an air conditioner, it can be overwhelming. You only need one air conditioner for your home, and yet there is such a variety of options to choose from, it can turn frustrating quickly if you don’t have the information you need.
That’s what we are here for! First off, no matter what air conditioner you choose, we’re the experts to install it for you. We know how to properly install your system so it will work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Read on to learn about your options and make an educated decision.
Central Air Conditioners
Central air conditioners, or “split-system” air conditioners, are the traditional model found in most homes today, and for good reason. Models designed in the last decade have become even more efficient and powerful than those of just 20 years ago.
Plus, there are highly-efficient options you can choose from such as variable speed air conditioners or inverter drive central AC systems. These options operate with 2 or 3 different fan speeds, which makes them more efficient since you don’t have to run them at full power on a mildly warm day.
Heat pump systems are very similar in set-up to single-split central air conditioners in the way they operate. They pull hot air out of your home and put it through a refrigerant process within the system using different coils, the compressor, and the condenser, all in order to return chilled air back into your home.
What makes the heat pump system different though, is that it has a component called the reversing valve that switches the flow of refrigerant so the system can operate as not only a cooling system but also as a heating system.
Heat pumps have become increasingly popular in our area, and are more efficient than furnaces in the winter because instead of generating heat, they transfer heat.
Ductless systems take the heat pump concept one step further. They do operate on heat pump technology, but unlike their predecessors or central air conditioners, they don’t require ducts!
Instead, the outdoor unit of a ductless system can be connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers via a conduit. This conduit contains a power line, condensate drain line, and refrigerant line, and is routed through a hole that we drill in your drywall.
The air handlers can be mounted high up on the walls in the rooms where they are needed and can be independently controlled from one another, so you don’t need to cool (or heat) the whole entire home just to make one room more comfortable. For instance, if you’re cooking in the kitchen, but your north-facing bedroom is nice and cool, then you can set the thermostat for the air handler near the kitchen lower than the one in the bedroom, or you can choose not to turn off the one in the bedroom altogether.