Depending on where you live and the size of your home, trying to find the right air conditioning system for your home can be a chore. Doing research online doesn't always help either because many experts will use acronyms you may not be familiar with or use measurements that only they know how to complete.
For that reason, this article lists the most common types of air conditioning units that are around today, along with a few scenarios that they would be perfect for.
Just like their name implies, ductless air conditioning systems don't use any kind of ductwork in your home. They're tiny and usually mounted to the top of the wall that shares an exterior surface and operate by running a small line through the wall and bringing in warm air from outside directly into the unit. They're quiet but very efficient and are ideal for cooling down one room of the house, such as an office or a spare bedroom.
If you want to cool down a room but need the flexibility of moving it from space to space, a window unit is perfect for you. You crack the window, slide the unit in, and insulate the sides to create a seal, then the unit cools down the air from the outside directly into the room. They're remarkably affordable and can be bought at just about any big box or hardware store and can be installed by the homeowner.
Perfect for new home constructions or larger spaces, central air conditioning units are used in most homes in the United States. They require complex ductwork to be installed but can deliver cold air instantly to any area in the house on command. If you have a lot of space to cool down, you'll most likely want to get a central air conditioning unit.
The most recent addition to the world of air conditioning units is the geothermal system. Instead of using hot air from the outside to cool down the inside, a geothermal air conditioning system digs a coil into the ground and pulls heat from the earth to warm up the house during the winter and send hot air from the house into the ground during the summer. It's not an inexpensive solution, but it is generally long-lasting and energy-efficient, so it's worth it if you plan on staying in your house for a long period of time.
Reach out to a professional for more information about air conditioning.