Different Types of Air Conditioners May Work Differently

Different types of air conditioners are appropriate for different types of cooling requirements and home configurations. Since residential air conditioning became widespread beginning in the 1960s, cooling alternatives have increased steadily. Different types of air conditioners now fit almost every need and budget. However, not every alternative is right for every scenario. To get the best result and optimum performance and efficiency, here are some different types of air conditioners and how they fit your home.

Central AC

When it’s built into a house at the time of the original construction, central air conditioning is the most efficient and effective cooling method. A central system circulates a specific volume of cooled air through ductwork to accurately accommodate the square footage of the home. Central air also continuously filters, circulating air to support healthy indoor air quality.

Window Units

Because they cool only a single space and consume limited electricity, the ,operating costs of window units are generally low, and installation is uncomplicated. However, because all mechanical components are in a single enclosure mounted in the window, excess noise can be an issue. Also, a window unit necessarily obstructs the view out the window and also reduces natural outdoor light.

Heat Pumps

One of the different types of air conditioners that is increasingly popular, a heat pump consolidates heating and cooling functions into a single unit. In AC mode, a heat pump extracts heat from inside the house and disperses it outdoors. In heating mode, coil functions reverse and latent heat is extracted from outdoor air and transferred indoors to warm the house.

Ductless Mini-Splits

A mini-split utilizes a low-profile, wall-mounted indoor air handler that incorporates a coil and a fan. The indoor unit connects to an outdoor heat pump by circulating refrigerant through a narrow conduit that extends through an exterior wall. In summer, the unit cools the room, and in winter, it supplies heat. Functioning as different types of air conditioners and heaters, mini-splits are highly efficient options for a house where central ductwork is not installed.

Need help choosing from different types of air conditioners? Contact Paitson Bros., serving Terre Haute since 1922.

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