When Should You Replace Your Air Conditioner? Know the Different Types
Whether you live in Fresno, Clovis, or anywhere else in California, your need for a strong AC unit is pretty much guaranteed. When should you replace your air conditioner? Your system mainly depends on the frequency of usage, the actual cooling requirements, and the overall space to be cooled down (square feet). While most homes require bigger AC systems, there are places wherein a smaller or a portable AC is much more effective.
Which Air Conditioner Fits Your Home
Generally, there are three common types of air conditioner. Check out which one is installed in your home and see if it’s what you really need to address your cooling needs.
Central Air Conditioning
For larger homes, this is the most common and most preferred type of cooling system due to its ability to cool efficiently. This type of system circulates cool air through supply and return ducts. Commonly placed in the wall or floors, these ducts carry cooled air into the home while extracting warm air and transport it back to the unit to begin another cycle of the cooling process.
Installation of new unit or preparing for a service requires a lot of assessment, planning, and preparation to ensure that it is the right size for your home. Accurate sizing is crucial to the functionality of the system. If it isn’t the right fit, regardless of its energy efficiency and other additional features, you’d still end up paying more on your electricity bill.
Window Air Conditioners
Window or room air conditioners are available for mounting in windows or through walls, wherein the compressor is located outside. This type typically cools just one room; therefore several more units may be required for a whole house. The greatest advantage it has over centralized AC is individual units cost less to purchase. Also, this type is rated only by its EER which is the cooling output divided by power consumption.
Ductless, Mini-Split System
From the name itself, ductless, mini-split systems work like central air conditioners which have an indoor handling unit and an outdoor compressor/condenser. The big difference is that mini-splits can have as many as four indoor handling units, which are all connected to the outdoor unit.
Each indoor unit has its own thermostat that enables you to adjust the temperature for each room accordingly. This works perfectly if you only want to cool the space you’re using and leave the rest of house with the natural temperature. And the best part is it can be installed without tearing up walls to install ductwork. Read our recent post on maintenance visits or repairs vs. replacements.