Different Options for Your AC Replacement
When looking at AC replacement options, there are a number of things to consider before installing a new unit. The first thing to consider is the different types of units and systems available. There are also variables to take into account in your own home when making AC replacement decisions, such as how much you are willing to pay and the size of the space you want cooled.
Central Air Conditioning vs. Split Ductless system:
If you are replacing your AC, you will have to put some thought into the different units that are available to you.
One type of system you may want to consider is central air conditioning. This option is used to supply air throughout your home. Generally, cooling more than two rooms will need central AC, however this system will only work for you if you already have ducts installed (or are otherwise willing to have them installed). This is because the unit needs to have a path through which the cooled air can be transported throughout the house. One of the minor down falls of central air systems is that because they require little maintenance, after a period of time they can collect mold and mildew in the ducts. This may cause health problems if not cleaned and maintained often.
The alternate option is a Split Ductless system. This type of air conditioning is more expensive but definitely worth getting if you do not want to install ducts in your walls as these systems also have the advantage of consisting of separate units, one for each room, each working independently with separate remotes.
Size and Space of Your Home:
Central AC units are often made up of an indoor and outdoor component, which requires the moving of the cooled air through the ducts between the two components. While bigger homes may be able to accommodate the space needed for this type of infrastructure, these systems may be a little too big for a smaller apartment or townhouse to handle.
Split ductless systems are a good option size wise as they fall in between central air conditioning and portable units.
Cost, Energy, and Effectiveness:
At the end of the day one of the most important factors as to which system you choose will be cost. With central AC you have to take into account that your energy bills will be higher every month. That said, there are many positive aspects to choosing this type of AC. First of all, the quality of the air is a lot more consistent and better air flow is generated throughout your home. This is because the air is filtered. Secondly, a thermostat can be installed with your AC unit, changing the air temperature automatically according to the temperature set at the thermostat. The general temperature of the room will also be more constant, moving the air through the space evenly.
The Split ductless air conditioner, on the other hand, has a higher energy efficiency rate, and is an excellent option if you are only wanting to cool one or two rooms in your house or office. Also, although the actual cost of the product costs more upfront, installing and replacing this system is a lot cheaper and can be done more easily.
No matter your choice contact Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric for all your AC concerns and needs.