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Taking the plunge and investing in a new air conditioning unit is not as easy as going to the store and buying the first one you see. There are certain things you need to consider, including the type of air conditioner and the size. In this two-part series, we will provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision, and if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Types of Air Conditioning Units
There are a few different types of air conditioning units that you can install in your home. The type you choose largely depends on the space you have in your home, as well as your cooling needs.
Window Air Conditioners
When most people think of older apartment buildings, an image of a large box sitting inside the window comes to mind. That large box is a window air conditioning unit. These units are among some of the most popular options due to the fact that they are very affordable and easy to install. In many cases, window air conditioners will also double as a heater! The price and the ease of installation are very compelling. However, you also have to keep in mind that window air conditioners are not the most attractive. They sit inside your window with a support that attaches to the exterior of your home or apartment.
Portable Air Conditioners
As you may have guessed from the name, portable air conditioners give you the freedom to move your unit throughout your home. This is a great option if you only need to cool off one room at a time throughout the day. With that in mind, portable air conditioners are not as efficient as other units, and most models come with a reservoir that needs to be emptied periodically.
Through the Wall Air Conditioners
Unlike window air conditioners and portable air conditioners, wall units are installed in a permanent position in your wall. Additionally, most units have both cooling and heating options so that you can use them all year long! If you have certain parts of your home that are not connected to a central air conditioner, or you need one room to be cooler, then a wall unit may be right for you!
It’s important to note that with a wall air conditioning unit, you have the benefit of a better fit than with a window unit. However, wall units are more expensive, and if you’re installing a unit that is on the larger side, then you may have to hire a professional to come and install it.
Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning is the most common type of AC, especially for larger homes. Instead of having a unit in the wall or window of one room of your home, central air conditioners typically consist of a condenser unit, an air-handling unit with a blower, and evaporator coil, and ductwork that delivers the cold air to multiple rooms in your home. The condenser unit usually sits outside your home while the air-handler and evaporator coil are located in a room that doesn’t see very much traffic like your basement, attic, or garage. In addition to being more inconspicuous than other units, central air conditioning is also more efficient and can be controlled using a programmable thermostat.
Interested in Learning More?
If you live in New Jersey and you’re thinking about installing a new air conditioning unit for the summer, then contact our expert HVAC contractors! Our team has all the skills necessary to install or repair your AC correctly the very first time, and we are more than happy to answer any of your questions. Give us a call today, and keep an eye out for part two of this series!