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Everything You Should Know about Air Conditioning

The two main things that most people know about air conditioning is that they can turn it off and on and make adjustments to the temperature. Beyond that, the average person knows very little about air conditioning systems. Most people take it for granted until it stops working. The following will discuss everything that everyone should know about air conditioning.

Types of Air Conditioners

Ducted air conditioning systems are a popular choice in residential and commercial areas. These systems work through a compressor that pushes air through a ducting system installed within the walls of a structure. These are perfect for cooling the whole house, but are the most costly of air conditioning systems.

  • Window units are capable of cooling a full room or two, but not a whole house. Most generally, window air conditioners are not expensive and are usually energy efficient.
  • Split systems include a compressor that operates outside the house as it pushes air into the wall unit or units that cool the house. These can be purchased as a single or a multi-split system.
  • Portable air units are the least expensive of all air conditioning systems. They are not ideal or larger homes, but smaller houses and spaces are ideal for this kind of cooling system.
  • Inverter systems are designed to be energy efficient and are capable of maintaining consistent temperatures with automated features. These air conditioners automatically adjust the fan and motor speed functions to maintain the temperature in a given room.
  • Evaporative cooling units are inexpensive to operate than other air conditioning systems, but they create instead of combat humidity. They are best suited for dry climates.
  • Reverse cycle systems offer a way to heat and cool your home.

The costs of cooling the average home can be costly unless you have an energy efficient air conditioner. Costs for buying new cooling systems can range from under $1,000 to over $10,000. This is why it’s important that you determine the size of your home and choose an air conditioner that has the capacity to meet your needs. Balance the costs and value of each type of system before you invest in one.

Cost Considerations

The cost of the air conditioner isn’t the only expense you need to factor into choosing a system. There are four factors to take under consideration.

  • The price of the unit/system
  • The cost of installation
  • The operational costs
  • The environmental costs

Consider the cost of the unit and installation as well as what it will cost to operate. For instance, if you need whole-house cooling, portable or window systems might cost less initially, but they are likely to drive up your energy costs. That’s why most people choose ducted, split, or inverter systems for whole house cooling.

The primary goals for air conditioning is to keep your home cool when it’s hot outside, while keeping energy costs and usage to a minimum. You can consult with professional heating and air conditioning professionals to ensure you choose the ideal system for your needs. There is no cost or risk in obtaining quotes for air conditioning systems and installation.

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