With hot weather on the way, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep your house cool this summer. Most people just stick to their usual central cooling systems, but there are many other different types of air conditioning systems to choose from. The type of air conditioning system you choose can have a large impact on your utility bill, your comfort, your carbon footprint, and even the appearance of your home. To find the right system for you, take a look at these different types of air conditioning systems for your home.
Central air conditioning system
Central air conditioning systems are currently the most common systems used to cool homes. These traditional units transport cooled air throughout a home by pushing it from a central unit through a system of ducts. People like these systems for their unobtrusive appearance, but they do have a few downsides. Namely, central air conditioning systems are relatively inefficient. They require a lot of energy to push the air throughout the home, and heat transfer can also occur as the air travels through the ductwork. Small leaks can further reduce efficiency. As a result, central air conditioning systems often yield higher energy bills.
For a more efficient cooling option for your home, consider opting for a ductless mini-split system. Rather than pushing air through ducts, mini-split systems dump chilled air directly into the specific room in which they’re located, so no energy is lost through heat transfer. Such systems consist of an outdoor unit and multiple indoor units, which allow for individualized climate control.
Perhaps the largest downside to ductless mini-splits is that they’re more visible and take up more space than ductwork, which is installed inside of walls and practically invisible. However, switching to a mini-split system has many benefits—including increased energy-efficiency and cost savings, easy installation, and minimal noise output—that arguably make up for the slight aesthetic drawbacks.
Portable air conditioners
Another popular type of air conditioning system for your home is a portable air conditioner. Portable air conditioners are small, stand-alone units that contain all the necessary components. The unit is connected to the outside by a flexible duct, which runs through an opening in a door, window, or wall. Perhaps the largest benefit of portable air conditioners is that they can be easily moved throughout the home as cooling needs change. The main downside to these systems, however, is that they’re often noisier, as the compressor is housed inside of the unit.