diffThorough research is required before purchase and installation of an AC unit, to make sure that your big investment gives you good service and comfort for many years to come.
The AC unit that will be suitable for your home, depends on various factors like the size and layout of your house, energy efficiency, AC usage, climate of the residential area and of course, your budget.
There are different types of air conditioners available in the market, with their own advantages and limitations.
Take a look at the different types of air conditioning units along with their features so that you can make an informed decision while choosing an AC for your Bay Area home.
1. Central Air Conditioner
Central air conditioners make use of the ducts in your house walls, to circulate conditioned cool air throughout your residence. The central air conditioning system comprises of two main components- the condenser and an evaporator. The condenser is placed on the exterior of your house while the evaporator (including the evaporator coil and air handler) is installed inside the house.
Once the unit is switched on, hot air is drawn from the house into the air conditioner (return air vents), where the evaporator coil cools it. The fan and blower then contribute to distributing the cool air around the house.BenefitsCentral air conditioners offer good energy efficiency, great warranties and smart home functions.LimitationsBut as the cool air has to travel some distance through ducts before reaching the air vents, some air is lost to the environment resulting in energy loss and higher utility bills.
2. Split Ductless Air Conditioner
The split ductless air conditioner refers to a unit that has one outdoor unit corresponding to one indoor unit which can cool one room of your house. This requires no ductwork inside the walls.
3. Multi-split Air Conditioner system
This is similar to a split ductless AC but in a multi-split option, one outdoor unit can correspond to more than one indoor unit and cool up to five rooms at a time.
Benefits of Ductless AC UnitsDuctless ACs are space saving as they do not occupy any windows and require no ducts. The indoor unit is generally installed high up on the wall where it does not block anything.
Every unit has an individual thermostat providing greater flexibility with respect to indoor temperature for every room and adding to efficient energy use.
No ductwork ensures lower installation costs and minimal damage to the walls of your house.
A large variety in colors and designs is available in ductless ACs so they can complement the décor of your house.
Ductless AC units are more convenient to install as well because the indoor and outdoor units can function efficiently even when placed at a distance of about 50 feet from one another, hence can be installed wherever you want.
Ductless air conditioning is more energy efficient as air does not have to travel through ducts. There is also no chance of leaks, helping you conserve resources and keep your utility bills low.