3 Types of Home Air Conditioners

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When customers call us about air conditioner installation, they often assume we’ll just install a conventional, central air conditioner in their home. Indeed, this type of system is common, and it is sometimes the best choice. However, conventional central AC systems are not the only type of home air conditioner available today. More homeowners are now opting for dual-fuel heat pumps or ductless mini-split systems instead. Keep reading to learn more about these “big 3” types of home air conditioners and their respective benefits.

Conventional Central Air Conditioners

A conventional, central air conditioner is typically paired with a furnace. It runs on electricity and uses a refrigerator coil, much like that found in a typical refrigerator, to cool the air. The cooled air is pushed through the same ducts that carry your heated air in the winter.

If you already have a forced air heating system, then a conventional AC unit is relatively easy for your HVAC contractor to install. Plus, there are numerous makes and models of central air conditioners, so you should have no trouble finding one that meets your needs in terms of budget, efficiency, and compatibility.

The downside to central AC systems is that if you don’t already have ductwork, installing one requires extensive remodeling. Therefore, this is not usually the best choice for older homes.

Dual Fuel Heat Pumps

Dual-fuel heat pumps are an increasingly popular alternative to central air conditioners. They work very similarly, but with one major difference: you can “reverse” the system, and it will heat your home instead. In other words, the unit pumps heat into your home in the winter and out of your home in the summer. On the coldest days, your heat pump will burn fuel to generate extra heat, much like a furnace. That’s where the name “dual fuel” comes from.

Dual fuel heat pumps are very energy-efficient. However, they often cost more than a standard, central AC unit, and not all AC repair and service companies work on them. Since they usually blow air through ducts, they’re still not a top option for homes with boiler heat.

Ductless Mini Split Systems

If you have boiler heating, electric baseboard heating, or some other type of heating system that does not involve ducts, then a ductless mini-split AC system is for you. This type of system consists of a separate AC compressor and blower unit or units. The compressor cools the air, and blowers blow the air directly into your home. There are no ducts.

Ductless mini splits allow for zoned cooling. You can have multiple blowers and control them independently. They are also very energy efficient. The only downside is that the blowers take up some space on your walls. An increasing number of companies are offering ductless mini split repair.

Are you interested in replacing your AC or having a new one installed? Contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning. As the best AC company in the Delaware Valley, we’ll gladly tell you more about these options.

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