When it comes to AC systems, you’ll see all sorts of terms come up, from central air conditioners and ductless systems to heat pumps. For homeowners who haven’t purchased a new cooling system in a while, this can all be overwhelming. After all, you probably have no desire to spend hours a day searching for the best cooling system to buy.
Fortunately, our team can give you the lowdown, and you don’t have to worry about searching far and wide for the information you need. You can just give us a call! In the meantime, we’ve shared some basic information below about a few types of AC systems we install and service, and what their differences are.
Central Air Conditioners
Central AC systems are well known throughout the country, and for good reason. They are reliable, effective, and today’s models are extremely efficient.
They work by using an outdoor unit that treats the incoming air with the evaporation and condensation of refrigerant, effectively lowering the temperature of the air, and then sending the cooled air back through your home’s ductwork where it can cool you down.
Central air conditioners are reliable and there are many reasons to upgrade to another central system if that’s what you’re already using in your home.
So, what if you’ve had a central air conditioner in your home all these years, but you’re ready to see if there’s a more efficient option? Perhaps your ductwork is in really bad shape and upgrading to another central system would mean investing in costly duct repair or replacement. Or maybe you’re remodeling and need to add air conditioning to another room.
A ductless system may be just what you’re looking for! As the name implies, it doesn’t rely on any air ducts to do its job. Instead, it’s comprised of a single, relatively small outdoor unit and up to four air handlers. These air handlers are installed in the rooms that need them and can be individually controlled.
This setup allows you to cool rooms when you need it and adjust the temperature for each individual household member depending on their personal preferences. This makes going ductless a highly efficient choice!
One of the things that makes the above-mentioned ductless systems so great is that they operate on heat pump technology! So what’s a heat pump? It’s a system that works like a central air conditioner, but with one very important difference—it has a reversing valve that allows the refrigerant process to change directions. This means you can not only effectively cool your home in the summer with a heat pump, but also heat it in the winter.
More and more homeowners are going with this option as it means higher efficiency—the heat transfer process uses much less power than the heat generation you get from a furnace—and the fact that they only need to worry about maintaining a single system.