Summer’s just begun and there’s no doubt you’re looking forward to keeping cool indoors with your refreshing air conditioner. Of course, if you’ve come across this blog post, then there’s a good chance you’ve found yourself in need of a new cooling system altogether.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! This isn’t a purchase you want to rush into, as there are many factors to consider. The first question is, should you go with the same type of air conditioner you’ve always had, or make a switch?
The best way to answer this question is to look at your options and get professional assistance with selecting the best option for your specific home and comfort needs. Read on to learn what those options are.
The central air conditioner, also called a split-system air conditioner, is what’s most commonly seen in homes throughout our area. They’re sturdy, powerful, and today’s systems are even more efficient than they were just a decade ago.
There are variable speed options and inverter central air conditioners on the market that bring efficiency to a whole new level. A new central air conditioner is a great option if you have a newer heating system (we’ll get to why, in a moment) and already have a ducted air conditioner in place.
One thing you do want to note if you decide on a central air conditioner is that it has to be properly sized. You probably know an air conditioner can be too small, but it can actually be too large too. This won’t be a problem when you work with a professional for your AC installation.
Remember how we just said that you may want to stick with a central air conditioner if you have a newer heating system? A heat pump is an HVAC option that takes care of both your cooling and heating needs.
Heat pumps function very similarly to central air conditioners in that they are a single split system with an outdoor unit and one indoor unit, and air is blown through a network of ducts in order to condition your space.
The difference with a heat pump system is that there’s a component called a reversing valve that switches the flow of refrigerant so that a heat pump can heat the home just as efficiently as it cools it.
Ductless HVAC systems take the heat pump one step further. They don’t require ducts!
Ductless systems are set up with a single outdoor unit connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers. These air handlers are typically mounted on the wall, above the doors or entryways of the rooms you want cooling (or heating) in.
Instead of using ductwork, each air handler is connected to the outdoor unit with a conduit that contains a power cord, a refrigerant line, and a condensate line.
One thing is for sure–ductless systems are very efficient and a great option for many homes throughout Monument and beyond. But they also have unique needs, and therefore requires a professional touch when it comes to installation (and repairs and maintenance). You can give our team a call if you have any questions!