HVAC 101: What You Should Know about the Four Types of AC

Everyone can already feel the heat, especially since Summer is only a few months away. It is the best time to inspect your air conditioning unit. This way, you will not suffer from a broken AC in the middle of sweltering August. 

What type of AC will you buy if you plan to purchase another unit? There are four main types, namely:

  • Window Type
  • Portable AC
  • Ductless Mini-Split
  • Central Air Conditioning System

Before you make any decision, you should pay attention to this blog. At least, you will find the most suitable unit for your needs, so hear this out.

Window Type Air Conditioning Unit

If you are searching for one that will cool a small space, nothing beats window-type air conditioners. They are cheap, compact, and energy-efficient. One of the drawbacks is that there are no units for large rooms. Furthermore, the window-type unit does not dehumidify.

Since these units are small, you can place them in your bedroom or living room. They are not so pricey that you can purchase several units. If your room has a window, go for a window air conditioner to sleep comfortably in Summer.

Pros

  • Easily installed
  • Cheapest option
  • 30% more efficient than their predecessors ten years ago

Cons

  • It cannot be used for the entire house.
  • You need one per room.
  • Noisy

Portable Air Conditioning Unit

Portable air conditioning units are an excellent choice for people who want to cool a single room at a time. These are slightly more efficient than window air conditioners.

Portable air conditioners are perfect for a small room, such as the bedroom. They are easy to move around to place in any house room. They are relatively inexpensive, and they are ideal for single rooms.

As we all know, the size of the portable air conditioning unit is not enough to cool larger rooms. Thus, they are not the best option for living rooms or dining rooms.

Pros

  • Even easier to install than window types
  • The floor unit can be moved around.
  • The hose can be taken out.

Cons

  • It is not as efficient as they are claimed to be
  • More expensive than the window type
  • Noisy

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Systems

This air conditioning system is the best option for cooling a large area. It is more efficient than the first two types. They are excellent for large rooms or a whole house, especially if they are older models that do not have a duct system.

Pros

  • Is energy efficient
  • Is easier to install compared to a centralized AC system
  • As quiet as a fan

Cons

  • Is more expensive than the previous two types
  • You cannot install it yourself.
  • You might need to reconfigure your interior design to hide the holes connecting the interior and exterior components.

Central Air Conditioning Unit

If your budget and your priority are not an issue, installing a centralized air conditioning system would be the best version for your house. You can place it anywhere in the house. The size of a central air conditioner is not too big, but it is enough to cool the whole home.

Centralized air conditioners are the way to go if you want to cool many rooms. They are the best option for cooling a large house. However, this is not the best option for those on a budget or those who live in a small space.

Conclusion

Knowing the pros and cons of each AC type helps you find the right one for your home. Once you choose, you should read reviews to find the perfect brand.

Once you made your choice, you can ask help from Legacy Heating to install it. We are a seasoned HVAC contractor in Edmonton and can do this task for you. So book an appointment now!

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