Types of Air Conditioner Systems and How to Choose the Best One For You

Choosing the right air conditioning system for your home involves a lot of factors, from choosing the optimal system to finding the right AC company to work with. In this article, we’ll provide a quick overview of the main types of AC systems. That way, when you’re ready to reach out to Beehive Heating and Air to get started on your home’s AC system, you’ll already have an idea of what you need.

Split System AC

The split system, often called the “traditional” system, is the most common AC type in American homes. This is because the split system uses ductwork, which most American homes already have.

One upside to this system is its flexibility; you’ll have plenty of options to make a split system work in your home. It’s also easily replaced. However, it’s less efficient than other methods. And that efficiency can be further reduced by duct leaks and poorly insulated ductwork.

Ductless AC

Ductless systems are becoming increasingly common, especially in new buildings, since they don’t require existing ductwork often found in older buildings. Ductless systems are highly effective.

However, they also have their drawbacks. Each zone of your house will need its own unit for maximum effectiveness, meaning you may need several units to cool your entire home. Ductless systems also tend to be expensive to install.

Geothermal AC

Geothermal AC systems are by far the most efficient system of cooling a home. However, they’re also the most expensive, both to install and to maintain. Repairs can be costly. And although geothermal AC uses less energy than some other methods, your energy savings may never fully offset the cost of equipment and installation.

Room AC

This category encompasses AC units installed in windows, portable units, and through-the-wall units. The biggest upside to this method is its affordability; these units are far less expensive than installing air conditioning through an entire home. The flexibility afforded by portable units is also convenient.

However, a single unit can only cool the room it’s in, meaning several units will be needed to cool an entire home. They’re also less efficient than other methods. Room AC units tend to be best for mild climates that don’t need comprehensive, intense air conditioning. They can also effectively supplement an existing AC system, such as in rooms that don’t get enough of the central unit’s air. They can also be effective solutions for converted spaces like garages.

Evaporative Cooler

Also known as swamp coolers, these units use a water tank, cooling pads, and a fan to push cool air into a home. This method is inexpensive and tends to be cheaper than a portable or window AC. Swamp coolers are also eco-friendly, since they don’t use chemicals. However, they’re only effective in dry climates.

How to Tell Which is Right for You

The best way to know which system is right for you is to consult a professional who can factor in the layout of your home, your budget, and your needs.

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