Different types of AC units have different values depending on what you’re looking for, and there are a few factors you will need to consider when purchasing a new one.
Here is a guide that will help you determine what unit would work best for you, and how to go about picking out your new summer companion.
High Efficiency Air Conditioner
Many of today’s air conditioning units are designed to include a variety of high-tech options, such as WiFi integration and smart home app connections. Additionally, many high efficiency air conditioners provide options that help to save energy, which is something you should be looking into if you’d like to maintain energy costs.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is mandatory for all air conditioning units, and newer models must have a SEER rating of 14 or higher. However, some units go up as high as 21.
Window Air Conditioning Units
Window air conditioning units are effective in smaller spaces, such as an apartment or condo.
Firstly, you will need to determine what size air conditioner will fit in your window. Measure your window and the room itself. You also need to figure out how big the unit should be in order to provide maximum air flow, which is where the room size comes in. If you are cooling a small bedroom, you won’t need something too large because you don’t need to use that much energy. Just because a unit is bigger doesn’t mean it’s what you need.
Next, you’ll need to determine your budget and brand. Check out some online reviews and see which ones are getting the best ratings.
Portable Air Conditioning Units
If it isn’t possible to install a window AC unit, but don’t have the space or budget to install a full system, you should consider a portable unit. Additionally, some apartment buildings don’t allow window units, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be sweating all summer.
Portable air conditioning units work the same way as the window units do, but you can move them if necessary. Most units will need to ventilate through a window, but this takes up minimal space.
Ductless Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
These systems are designed for those who do not want to undergo the work of installing a central AC unit, but want to upgrade from a smaller window unit. This type of air conditioning system uses an outdoor unit connected to an indoor wall unit that is capable of cooling one or a few rooms. It’s a good go-between option for those who want the capabilities of central AC without the cost.
Designed for larger homes that need a stronger current circulating throughout, central AC systems are a reliable option. They include 3 central components: the outdoor unit, the indoor air handler, and the ductwork that runs throughout the home. The indoor air handler is where you change the temperature.
If you are one of those people who loves to be outside on a scorching hot day and then enter your home to be greeted by a wall of cold air, central AC is your best bet.
If you’re still not sure about your options, or which unit you want, talk to an air conditioning maintenance service. Our technicians work with many different types of AC units on a regular basis, and have likely worked with someone in your situation, so they know exactly how to answer your questions.