Whether you’re installing or replacing an old HVAC unit, it’s important to buy an air conditioner that will keep you and your family comfortable all year long. Here’s a look at the different types of air conditioning options available for your home.
Central Heating and Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning systems feature a unit that conditions the air and distributes it throughout the home through ducts. It’s the most efficient way to cool a home and the most common type of air conditioning found in Arkansas homes. Your home’s HVAC system has an anticipated operational lifespan of approximately 12 years, and in most cases, all you’ll need to do is replace the outside unit. You also don’t have to wait until your current HVAC system goes completely out of commission to replace the unit. Newer units are a good investment, and they offer substantial improvements in both performance and energy efficiency.
Window Units and Portable Units
Window air conditioning units are engineered to fit securely into single- and double-hung windows. They range from inexpensive models sold at hardware stores and big-box retail outlets to larger units that require professional installation. Portable air conditioning units are much easier to install than conventional window units, and they’re a popular option for renters. Some homeowners might use a window unit as a stop-gap in a room that never seems to get cool, but a professional HVAC technician might be able to find a more effective way to address your problem.
Ductless or Mini-Split HVAC Systems
A ductless or mini-split air conditioning system works in the same way as a heat pump, but it doesn’t require ductwork, vents, or registers. A ductless system uses an air compressor outdoors to take in warm air and blow out cool air. A ductless system can be installed in just about any home, and it offers an alternative way to make an older home more comfortable without installing extensive ductwork.