Air conditioning makes us comfortable even when the temperatures are unbearable. For most of us, it is hard to imagine staying without air conditioning for even a few hours. Given the vast array of options available in today’s market, choosing the best air conditioner for cooling your home can be a challenge. What’s more, newer AC models are much more energy efficient. By replacing your old unit or upgrading to a newer model, you will certainly cut down your cooling costs.
Central air systems operate from one big compressor located outside the premises with air flowing through ducts in the walls and out through vents installed strategically throughout the house. If you live in an older home, modifying the structure to install a central air conditioner may not be practical. In some cases, it is not even possible because you will need to install ducts, which means snaking them through existing walls. Getting the job done will involve cutting and patching holes in your plaster or drywall. Central air units are very energy efficient but costly to install.
Ductless Mini Split
These systems are not as pricey as central air units, but running costs can add up if you install them in every room. A ductless unit mounts to the wall and is easy to install because it only requires a small hole to be cut. The unit itself is large, and unlike central air conditioners, it is not hidden. If you do not mind a big box on your wall, then a ductless system can provide central air without the need for a ducted system. Additional conveniences include the potential for heating your home and the ability to control individual room temperatures without relying on a central thermostat.
When you are renting or do not have the option to remodel your living space, a window air conditioner makes a great cooling solution. This type of AC is like a miniature version of a central air conditioner. A typical unit has a compact processor that is small enough to fit in your window and works by shuttling cool air through vents installed in the window. Window air conditioners are great because they are portable when moving house and designed to cool a small space.
If you move frequently and do not want to carry a bulky window unit every time you move, then a portable air conditioner makes sense. Portable ACs are more like window units that you can move around. They may not be as efficient as window units, but they are lighter and easier to roll into position. They are designed with a simple venting kit that allows you to vent hot air through a casement window or sliding door.