There are many different options out there when it comes to home air conditioning. It can be confusing if you are not aware of all the options. In our South Florida climate, an AC unit is a necessity, but can also be a costly system to run so it’s important to know which units are available and the pros and cons of them.
Different Types Of Home Air Conditioning Systems
We will have a look at four different AC units that are appropriate to the South Florida climate and the features and functions of each one.
Central Air Conditioning
This type of air conditioning is one of the most common ones. It is preferred in larger homes because of its ability to cool an entire space equally. This AC unit works by allowing air to pass over the indoor coil which has refrigerant circulating through it thus producing cool air. If you are planning to choose this type of air conditioning system, it is important that you choose the correct size which an air conditioning professional can help you do. If you end up with a system that is too large for your home, you will find that your utility bills will be high, even if it seems energy efficient.
Ducts are usually located in the attic. In South Florida, summer temperatures in the attic peak between 140-150 degrees. This means that your duct connections have been sitting in that heat for as long as they have been around. This causes serious deterioration to the sealing of ducts and therefore damages the connections. The most effective repair method for those connections is our unique method called ArtiSeal, which focuses on repairing the leaks from the inside out by inserting ArtiSeal into the duct system.
If you are unsure about pre-existing ducts in your home, have one of our air conditioning contractors come and evaluate the duct system for you.
Ductless Air Conditioning
This type of air conditioning unit gives you control over the temperatures in each room. Most rooms in our homes are different temperatures because of their location to the sun. This makes having a ductless air conditioner useful as you have full temperature control over each room in the house.
The ductless air conditioning unit works with multiple indoor units that are often connected to one outdoor unit. This type of AC unit is known for its high cooling efficiency and quiet system.
Window Air Conditioners
The window air conditioner is a compact unit, which cools only one space at a time. This type of AC unit is useful for people who live in very small apartments where only one unit is needed. The unit is fitted into the window frame, on the window sill, or in some cases a slot made in the wall of a room. This type of AC unit works simply by pulling the warm air in and air passes over a small coil in the system thus producing cool air.
Portable Air Conditioners
Portable air conditioners are seen as convenient as you can move them around, however they are typically not as efficient as more permanent AC units and some say they are noisy. They work by drawing in warm air from the space, eliminating heat and moisture, and returning cool air into your home. The unit does produce internal heat which is vented through an exhaust hose that is fitted through the window. Portable units need to have a drain line ran to get rid of the water the coil produces, in some models they have a drain pan that will need to be emptied quite often depending on how high the humidity is. Portable AC units are a great investment for hurricane season.
While these AC units all have their advantages and disadvantages, it is important for you to choose one that suits your personal needs and budget. No matter which type of AC unit you decide on make sure you use a licensed AC technician for the installation. Give Art Plumbing, AC & Electric a call to find out about all our air conditioning services.