How to Choose the Best Air Conditioner for Your Home
Rising temperatures in the summer can take their toll on your comfort and the interior of your home. Whether you’re installing a new air conditioning unit or replacing one, here are some helpful tips for choosing the best air conditioner for your home from the HVAC professionals at Abbey Appliance.
What Are the Different Types of Air Conditioners?
Air conditioners come in all shapes and sizes. Before you buy, familiarize yourself with the different types available.
Central Air Conditioning
Most newer homes have central air conditioning. These models are often made of split systems that use a condenser placed outside the home and a fan and coil system placed inside. The refrigerant circulates between the two. Another type of centralized air conditioning is a split ductless system, which has an outside condenser with several blower units located in the house.
Benefits of Centralized Air Conditioning:
- Cools the entire house.
- Could be controlled from a mobile device with a smart thermostat.
- Can be more cost effective than ductless air conditioning units.
Portable Air Conditioner
This solution is perfect for those who just want to cool one room at a time, but it’s not practical for the whole house.
Benefits of Portable Cooling:
- Doesn’t require installation.
- Can be moved from room to room.
- Can be less expensive though not as economical.
Window Air Conditioner
Another solution that works well for single-room use is a window air conditioner. Although bulky, they’re often the easiest to use for smaller areas such as dorm rooms and rental spaces.
Benefits of Window Air Conditioning:
- Units are low cost.
- Easy to install.
- Doesn’t take up floor space.
What Factors Should You Consider Before Choosing an Air Conditioner?
Before you buy an air conditioning unit for your home, you should weigh the following options:
- How Many Rooms Need Cooling: Determine the number of rooms you need to be cooled. For smaller or rented spaces, portable air conditioners or window air conditioning units can be a more practical choice. For larger homes, centralized air conditioning is best.
- Insulation: Poorly insulated places allow for heat and cooling to easily escape. Investing in some more insulation for your attic can help keep your overall cooling costs down.
- Size of Air Conditioning Unit: Larger air conditioning units don’t necessarily translate to better cooling. Properly sizing your unit is critical to ensuring energy doesn’t go to waste. To determine the size you need, you’ll need to determine BTUs per hour you’re going to need to cool your entire house.
Need Your Air Conditioner Inspected for Your Home?
For air conditioners to perform at their best, ongoing maintenance is critical. Every year, air conditioner filters should be cleaned and replaced, and units should be thoroughly inspected. Whether your air conditioner needs an inspection or a tune-up, the appliance repair professionals at Abbey Appliance have you covered.