How to Choose an Air Conditioner for Your Home
With several types of air conditioning systems out there, it can be a daunting task shopping for an air conditioner for a home, especially for a beginner. Even so, depending on the needs and intends of each homeowner, an ideal choice for air conditioner may vary widely, and there are several options to choose from.
For purposes of this argument, this article will focus on highlighting the different types of air conditioning systems, their advantages, and limitations, as well as their ideal working conditions. This piece will aim to help the reader to make an informed decision when shopping for a home air conditioning system.
Types of air conditioners
When buying home air conditioners, one often has to pick from the three top categories: ducted systems, wall split systems, and Evaporative systems.
Evaporative systems are more like air coolers. Unlike conventional air conditioners which produce crisp cold air, these systems take in air and pass it via wet cooling pads, releasing cooled air. The cooled air is then dispensed all over the house via the ducts or openings.
The greatest advantage of the evaporative systems is that they can be used even with the windows and doors open. This occurrence is because they use evaporative techniques, unlike wall ducted and wall split systems which use refrigerative methods. Thus, they can be left running with the house opened, allowing a cool breeze to flow around at home.
Another advantage of the evaporative system is that it consumes lower electricity, unlike other conventional systems. In addition to that, this technique is also beneficial to individuals who have respiratory illnesses and those who are sensitive to ‘unnatural’ or ‘refrigerative’ air.
Perhaps the obvious disadvantage of this system is that the air is not as cold as that of the refrigerative system, even though it can cool a home efficiently. Also, this system does not warm the air. Thus the homeowner will have to set up a separate gas heating unit to complement the system.
The key feature of the ducted system includes an outdoor cooling compressor to tape in air, cool it, and circulate it all over the house through the ducts.
These systems often take longer time and effort to install. In most cases, the preparation for installation of the ducted system starts during house construction, even though a homeowner can dig the walls to set in the ducts and close them up manually. Once the installation is completed, the systems are completely unnoticeable; hence they are safe and durable. Only the ducts or air vents will be visible on the walls and ceiling.
Moreover, it is easier to maintain and repair the duct AC units, unlike the split units which require skilled operators to service it. With the ducted units, a homeowner only needs to keep the pipes clean and maintain the outdoor compressor. Further, it is easier to troubleshoot a problem unlike in a split system which has a complicated network of electronic components.
Wall split systems
Like the ducted systems, the wall split systems have an outdoor compressor that taps in the air and cools it. However, it also contains multiple fan coils that are installed in each room. For larger rooms, several wall units may be needed to provide sufficient cooling.
These units are easier to set up; each AC unit is operated via a remote control, which can enable the user to save power and electricity by switching off rooms that do not need cooling.
Perhaps the notable downside of this system is that it tends to take up more space in the house which may be meddlesome for some people.
In conclusion, it is imperative to understand that different systems have unique benefits as well as limitations. Thus, each homeowner should evaluate their cooling and heating equipment, to identify which unit suits them best.