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Different Types of Air Conditioning Systems

When it comes to your home’s heating and cooling system, one-size-fits-all does not apply. Every home is different and has different comfort needs — which is why there are several different kinds of air conditioners on the market. However, having so many options can sometimes overwhelm homeowners, especially you’re not exactly sure how each one works and the pros or cons of each system.

Not to fear — we’ll lay out some of the different types of air conditioning systems so you have a better idea of what your options are for installing a new AC system.

Window Air Conditioners

Window AC’s hold a certain appeal because they’re cheaper at the time of purchase. These get secured into an open window in your home and pull outside air in, cool it, and push it to the room it’s in. Although they’re cheaper to initially purchase, if you need several of them around your home, you’ll end up spending more money on more units and your overall energy bill.

Ductless Mini Splits

These units hold a lot of appeal for homeowners who don’t already have ductwork and don’t want to spend the money installing it. Ductless mini splits connect to an outdoor unit that cools air and pushes it to your home. They allow you to control the temperature of a single room or multiple rooms, depending on the size of your unit and your air handlers.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps can both cool and heat your home, preventing you from having to worry about two different systems during the year. These are typically two main types of heat pump: air source and ground source. Air source heat pumps push or pull heat from the surrounding air, while ground-source pumps push or pull heat from the ground — the names pretty much say it all.

The main downside to heat pumps is that they don’t always make for the most comfortable environments for homes in colder climates.

Central Air

These systems are the most common in homes and use ductwork and supply registers to carry conditioned to different areas of your home. Central AC systems also help dehumidify your home as they work. When you use your thermostat correctly and maintain your system well, central AC systems can help lower your energy bills.

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