Not all air conditioning systems are created equal. It’s important to know what varieties exist when it comes to your air conditioning machine so that you know which type to choose during your next home update. If you’ve ever been curious about what the different types of air conditioning machines are, this brief overview can give you a little guidance on the major differences between units.
Central Air Conditioners
Central air conditioners are one of the most common types of machines seen in homes around Texas. They consist of one large unit located on the exterior of the home that creates cool air and forces it into the home through the ductwork. They are responsible for cooling the entire home instead of just a small portion or a single room. The warm air from your furnace or heat pump is likely pumped into the home using the same ductwork in the off-season. Replacing this type of unit can be extremely expensive compared to other machines like window air conditioners. Be sure to search for Energy Star models to save more money on these machines in the long run.
Room or Window Air Conditioners
These are much smaller models that are typically mounted in the window or along the wall outside. They aren’t meant to cool down the entire home, so you will need to purchase multiple machines if you want to cool every room. They do have a lower initial cost than central air conditioners, but you will need to use more of them to achieve the same result.
Split Air Conditioner
A split system contains both outdoor and indoor units in order to cool down the entire house. The outside unit holds your compressor and condenser while the indoor unit has the cooling fan and cooling coils. These indoor units are much smaller than the room and window machines, and they are slightly more effective at cooling down your home. Compared to a window machine, a split air conditioner can cool down up to two rooms at a time depending on the layout of your home. You might also see these referred to as ductless mini-split air conditioners since they do not use ductwork like central air conditioners are known for doing.
These are uncommon air conditioners that are more prominent in dry areas of the country. Instead of using refrigerant to cool the air, an evaporative cooler pulls air through a pad containing moisture, using the water to help cool the outside air. A fan circulates the air throughout the home. This can effectively cool the entire home if it is purchased in the appropriate size. An evaporative cooler can save you significantly on heating and cooling costs compared to central air conditioning.
Choosing the right air conditioning machine is essential to keeping your home cool and comfortable. If you aren’t sure which model is right for you, be sure to ask our qualified team of air conditioning service technicians for help. We can give you the guidance you need to choose the perfect air conditioning unit each and every time!