Which Type of Air Conditioner
is Right for You?
Are you shopping for an air conditioner unit for your home or business? If you’ve already started your search, you’ve probably realized there are plenty of types of air conditioners to choose from. The question is: which one do you need?
At Max Heating & Air Conditioning, we always want to offer clients complete home comfort above all. But there are other considerations like noise levels and utility bills to keep in mind. Before you buy a unit and have it installed, you should know what you’re getting and why it is (or isn’t) the best option for you.
A Few Factors to Consider Before Choosing an AC Unit
Air conditioning is usually a significant investment, but more and more homeowners are viewing it as a necessity.
A few factors you’ll want to consider include:
- Your lifestyle
- How many rooms do you need to cool?
- What does comfort feel like for you?
- What’s your budget?
- How much can you afford as an upfront investment?
- What are you willing to spend on utilities each month?
- Are you willing to pay for duct cleaning and other maintenance costs?
- The style of your home
- Which parts of your home need cooling most?
- How much noise can you tolerate?
- Will a noisy portable or window unit disturb your family?
Types of Units and Their Pros & Cons
Air conditioners come in many shapes and forms, and each unit has different pros and cons. Once you’ve considered what’s most important (like noise, cooling capacities, and energy efficiency), you can match your needs to the system that works best.
These are the most common types of air conditioners you’ll see on the market today:
Central Air Conditioners
Most units we install are central air systems. These are high-efficiency systems that work to cool your entire house. They use your regular supply ducts from your furnace to cool your home in the summer months. It’s important to have them supplied and installed by professional HVAC contractors to make sure they’re the right size for your home.
Ductless Mini-Split Systems
Ductless mini-split systems are designed to cool certain rooms of your home. They usually consist of one central outdoor unit, which is then connected to several units inside the home. The main advantage of ductless systems is the ability to create temperature zones in your home. This way, you can set different temperatures levels for different rooms, allowing for customized comfort. They’re perfect for split-level homes.
Window and Portable Units
If you don’t own your home or you move frequently, you might have looked into window or portable units. They’re versatile and easy to move.
Window units expel warm air from a room and blow cool air in. Meanwhile, portable units are the larger units that typically sit on the floor and have an exhaust hose that leads to the window. These take air from inside the room and cool it, venting warm air back outside through the hose.
Unfortunately, both types of unit only cool one room of your home, like a bedroom or small living area. Another major limitation is the size and arrangement. You may need to rearrange furniture, and sometimes the shape or orientation of your window doesn’t allow you to mount the unit or the exhaust hose properly.
Heat pumps can heat your home in the winter months and cool it in the summer. They pull heat or cold from the air and bring it into your house to adjust the temperature.
This all-in-one HVAC system is super energy efficient. It’s also less expensive than a geothermal system when it comes to installation and maintenance.
Geothermal systems can also be used instead of a furnace and air conditioner. These systems pull heat or cold from the ground and pump it into your home. It can also be used to power hot water tanks.
The main draw for these systems is outstanding energy savings. Since geothermal energy is renewable, you use natural resources and save money on utilities.
How to Get a Cheap Air Conditioner
One of the best ways to get an affordable central A/C unit that’s brand-new is to purchase what’s called a “scratch and dent” system. This means the supplier has offered a discounted price because the system’s casing is scratched or dented (usually from transportation). The inside components all work well, but the outside isn’t perfect.
Max Heating & Air Conditioning has regular scratch and dent sales to keep central A/C affordable for our clients. Ask us how to get yours.
Professionally Installed HVAC Systems
When it comes to air conditioners, installation is essential. If you choose a simple window unit for your home, you won’t need a professional installer. But for any of the more complex air conditioning systems, you’ll want a professional to set it up properly.
Max Heating & Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated HVAC service business in Edmonton, AB. We’re industry leaders in providing quality customer service and HVAC education to our clients. If you need help choosing an air conditioner for your home, call us for a free consultation.