Choosing The Right Type Of Air Conditioner

Posted on: 30 June 2015

If you don't have air conditioning and your house is too hot or you have an old air conditioner that's starting to give out, there's a good chance you've already been thinking about getting a new air conditioner this year. But did you know that there are actually several different types of air conditioners? Here are the most common ones and when it's best to choose them.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners sit on the floor on wheels and are about the size of a mini refrigerator. You need to place them next to a window because the plastic air vent tube sites in the window.

The biggest advantage to portable air conditioners is you can install one right now with no tools. You can also move them between rooms at any time. The downsides are that they take up floor space, and because they're sitting inside, they can be very noisy.

Window Air Conditioners

Window air conditioners sit in your window frame. The controls and air vent face inside while the motor sticks outside.

Window air conditioners have the lowest purchase price of air conditioning options, and you can install one in a single afternoon. A good window unit can cool an entire small house or apartment.

The cons are that mounting a window air conditioner in the window frame can be difficult, especially if you aren't using it on the ground floor, and they are only a little quieter than portable ACs.

Central Air Conditioners

If you already have air ducts or are willing to go through the expense and hassle of putting them in, central air conditioning may be the best long-term option.

Central air conditioners are energy efficient, and because the compressor is outside, they are very quiet. You'll probably need to pay for a professional installation, but central air conditioners can last much longer than window or portable units.

Ductless Air Conditioners

Ductless air conditioners are a hybrid of window units and central air conditioners. Like window units, ductless air conditioners have a blower in each room. However, the compressor is outside, so ductless air conditioners are much quieter.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of ductless air conditioners is their energy efficiency. Because you have units in each room, you only need to pay to cool the rooms you are actually using instead of your whole house like with central air conditioning.

For more information about air conditioning installation, contact a local HVAC contractor from a place like Hayes Heating & Cooling today.