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Installing an air conditioning system involves making many decisions. An air conditioner is a big investment, during and after your initial purchase, so it’s important to choose wisely to meet your needs and budget. Identifying the air conditioner options most suited for your home is important. Below is an overview of some different types of air conditioners—including central, ductless mini split, window, portable, and geothermal systems—to help in making the right choices when considering air conditioner replacement.

1. Central Air Conditioning

The most common choice, a central air conditioning system, can efficiently cool and circulate air throughout a large home. It includes a single unit, combining the condenser, compressor, and evaporator, placed on the roof or near the foundation. Supply and return ducts transport air from the unit to the interior and back again. Installing a central system can be complex and expensive, but it is the quietest and easiest to operate. It also allows for conditioned air to evenly reach each room.

Heating and cooling capacity is just one factor to consider when choosing a central AC. Finding the right system has long-term cost and efficiency impacts, so it’s important to consult an HVAC contractor for help.

2. Ductless Mini Split AC

A ductless mini split system features an outdoor compressor and indoor handling unit. There may be as many as four indoor air handlers, designed to cool individual rooms or sections of a home, connected to the outdoor unit. Each room/section (or zone) is controlled by its own thermostat, so you can adjust the temperature for that area as you see fit. The compressor and condenser are outside and connected to indoor air handlers, which are mounted to walls. This kind of system can be installed without removing walls; it is good for retrofitted sections of a home or for homes and apartments that don’t have ductwork installed.

3. Window Air Conditioner

A window AC unit is compact and fits in just about any window opening. It is self-contained, so all the components of an AC are inside one casing. The unit pulls warm air in and out the back of it while blowing cool air into the room. It is most energy efficient for a small room or home, although it is available in various sizes. Window air conditioners don’t cool larger homes as effectively or efficiently.

4. Portable Air Conditioner

If used in the appropriate setting, a portable AC is affordable, versatile, and easy to install, while being extremely convenient for achieving comfort during summer. It is only designed to cool a single room and can be moved from place to place throughout a home. An exhaust hose installs in a window to vent warm air outside.

5. Geothermal Air Conditioner

This type of HVAC system extracts heat from the ground and delivers it to the inside of your home. A geothermal system can provide both heating and cooling. Installed deep in the ground, a geothermal coil extracts heat from the Earth to heat your home in winter. In the summer, the same system can extract heat from inside and distribute it into the ground. Considered an energy efficient and sustainable option, a geothermal heating and cooling system is typically long lasting compared to other options.

Contact The AC Hero

The AC Hero, a leading North Richland Hills HVAC contractor, can help you choose the right air conditioning system for your home. We are open to provide HVAC repair, installation, and replacement services during the coronavirus pandemic, while practicing safety recommendations, such as social distancing and sanitization. For no-contact Dallas-Fort Worth HVAC service, contact us today at 817-587-0792 to schedule your service appointment.

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