So you’ve decided to replace your air conditioning system: what next? You may think that you just need to contact a contractor and order a new system. You’d be skipping an integral step in ensuring your 100% satisfaction with your new air conditioner in doing so, though: getting to know your system options thoroughly. It doesn’t matter if you are investing in your first air conditioning system for a new home, or if you are replacing an existing system. You must take the time to weigh your options carefully. You may just find that your ideal air conditioner is not what you’d assumed.
Split Central Air Conditioners
The traditional central air conditioner remains one of the most popular of all home cooling systems, and with good reason. These systems, which pair an outdoor unit with an indoor coil, absorb heat from the air in the home. This heat is vented outdoors, and the cooled air is then redistributed throughout the house via the air ducts. The system pairs nicely with a furnace, which can share air ducts, and is quite powerful. So long as your system is properly sized for and installed within your home, you should be able to cool it efficiently and effectively.
Another option to consider is the heat pump. Heat pumps operate in much the same way as a central AC during the summer season. However, during the winter months, a component called the reversing valve allows the heat pump to reverse its operation. Its refrigerant cycle is reserved, allowing the system to absorb heat from the air outside. The refrigerant is compressed, and its thermal energy is used to heat the home with great efficiency.
Ductless Mini Splits
Ductless mini-splits, or ductless heat pumps, operate in much the same way as a ducted heat pump. The major difference, of course, is that they do not use air ducts in order to distribute conditioned air throughout the home. Instead, such systems use individual, wall-mounted blowers, which can also be controlled independently of one another for simple zone control capability.