Need an air conditioner and you don’t have the faintest clue where to start? That’s okay. We’re here to help you. Getting the right system depends on a number of variables.
- The size of your home
- Floor Plan Layout
- Number of Rooms
- Cooling Capacity Required
It is for this reason that it’s best to speak to a professional. They will be able to recommend an ideal unit for your circumstances. The problem is, sometimes contractors will try and sell you more than you actually need. While the thought of having something bigger might seem appealing because it will cool down your home faster, please know that there is such a thing as too quickly – it’s called short cycling and will result in reducing the life of the product.
So where do you start? It’s still prudent to talk to a professional, but going in with a little bit of knowledge beforehand is going to help you out. Let’s have a look at a few air conditioning systems that are currently on the market.
Even if you think you’re a bit of DIY wiz, I would steer away from installing one of these yourself, simply because you have to cut into the wall, which could result in all sort of problems, like damaging pipes and compromising the integrity of your home. Sure, getting it installed will be a tad bit expensive, but you will save money in the long run over a window unit because it is more energy efficient. It also has superior cooling power over the portal A/C, which is great if that’s what you need, but not really a unfeasible option if you live in a small apartment due to ‘short cycling’.
Central air conditioning
This is, by far, the most expensive option and the most complicated to install. It works by pumping cool air throughout the home via ducts in the walls, ceiling and floors. This should only be installed by a professional. Make sure you hire someone with a good reputation and who will seal the ducts, or else you will lose a lot of energy with leaks.
This option should only be considered if you need your entire home cooled at the same time. This would be right for large families with multiple bedrooms. When choosing central air conditioning systems, make sure it has a high energy efficiency rating and look for a system that allows you to switch off vents in rooms that aren’t occupied.
If central air conditioners and wall units are out of the equation due to the layout of your home or finances, you might want to consider getting a window unit. Despite the fact they are awkwardly placed on your window, they are effective and portable. The units are also designed to fit in standard size windows. There are even some mini window units that are 14 inches wide. You might have a little trouble finding the right size unit for your window, but this may be perfect for someone living in a small room who can’t afford the installation costs of a wall unit.
Portal units are an alternative to window units. Instead of being situated on a window, they are placed on a floor with a hose attached leading outside a window. The hoses come with adjustable frame, making it easy to hold them in place.
While they lack the cooling power of a window unit, they make up for it by being considerably more mobile. Perfect if you want to take it to different parts of the house. They are probably the least cost effective and efficient out of the range of air conditioning units and only really called for if the other options have been exhausted.