Options for a New Air Conditioner

There are several types of air conditioners to choose fromChoosing Amongst Your Air Conditioner Options

When you’re making the choice to purchase a new air conditioning unit, you have multiple options to consider. Depending on the construction of your home, your particular climate management needs, or energy usage concerns, you may possibly prefer one type of air conditioner over another. The following descriptions of common air conditioner types will prove helpful in choosing the one that’s best for your personal use.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning systems are the most conventionally popular solutions for home usage. They consist of an outside condensing unit which pumps compressed air into an interior evaporative unit. From the evaporative unit, cool air is produced throughout the building. It is possible to section off the output of a central system between floors of a building, if desired. Properly installed and adjusted for its building, the central system is very efficient, quiet, comfortable and durable.

Ductless Air Conditioning

Split or ductless air conditioning systems are a smaller version of the central system, with an evaporative unit based in an individual room and a smaller condensing unit connecting from the outside. A common example of a ductless system is the wall-mounted air conditioner you see in hotel rooms across the nation. This type of unit can provide a cost-effective and low-noise alternative to central systems, especially in smaller residences and those that lack ductwork.

Window Air Conditioning

A window air conditioning unit, which is technically known as a unitary system, is a full-service compact box that is typically mounted within a window. It contains all the necessary components for refrigeration, emitting opposite temperatures out of both ends as needed.

Portable Air Conditioning

A portable system is a mobile unit that connects to an external hose to emit heat outside while cooling the interior. Portable systems can be exceptionally noisy, but they are also useful for cooling individual rooms that are difficult to make comfortable.

With the knowledge in this list, making a final decision among your air conditioning system choices should be a snap.

Efficient Air Conditioning Options

Efficient air conditioning option

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In many parts of the country, a central air conditioning system is a necessity. This is especially that case if there are people in the home with health problems. However, some homes have features like multiple floors, large windows or room extensions that can make it difficult and expensive to cool them. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your air conditioning work more efficiently. Some of these can be used in combination.



In zoning, instead of having a single thermostat that controls all of the cooling in the home, there are several thermostats positioned throughout the home. Each controls the cooling for a section, or “zone”, in the home. When that part of the home requires cooling, the thermostat sends a signal to the air handler, which directs conditioned air to that zone.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are another way to make your air conditioner more efficient. Unlike older thermostats, smart thermostats can be programmed to have various cooling schedules during the week. For example, you can set them to let the home be slightly warmer when you are away from home. Smart thermostats can be accessed remotely using a phone application, which lets you reset the schedule if there is a change in plans.


Another way to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system is to change the medium that the heat pump uses for the heat exchange. Normally, this is in air, but you can get much greater efficiencies with a geothermal unit that does the heat exchange underground.

Solar Powered

Perhaps the best way to get maximum energy efficiency out of your air conditioning system is to make your own power for it. A small solar powered system on your roof can easily supply all of the power you need to keep your home cool all year.

Finding the right approach for getting greater efficiency from your home air conditioning system can sometimes require consulting a professional. A HVAV technician can use his years of experience and training to find the problems in your system and recommend the best solution.