Options For Cooling Your Home

Are you tired of being uncomfortable in your own home when the temperatures soar in summer? If so, then you are likely considering an air conditioning installation. Although most people are most familiar with central air units, there are actually several main AC systems to choose from. The following can help you pick the right type for your budget and home.

Central Air

Central air units generally have a main unit that sits outside the house, which then pumps cold air through a system of ducts into every room of the home. Most modern units are energy efficient and quiet. The main challenge of the central air unit is that it requires ductwork. If you have a central heating unit already, then you likely have the ductwork, and very little installation is necessary to hook an AC into the existing ducts. If you heat without ducts, such as with baseboard heaters or radiant flooring, then ductwork must be installed. This can be very complicated and expensive, especially on slab-built homes that don't have basement access. For this reason, central AC is generally only a good idea if you already have ducts.

Mini-split units

Fortunately, there is an alternative to central air that works just as well -- if not better. A single mini-split unit provides a cost-effective method to cool one or two rooms. These units can also be purchased in sets called zones, so your entire home can easily be cooled. There is an outside condenser installed for each zone. Then, a conduit is run through the attic from the condenser to ceiling mounted air exchanges. Cool air runs through the conduit and out of the exchange. The best part is that you can cool different zones at different temperatures, ensuring everyone in your house is comfortable.

Evaporative coolers

For a cost-effective option that is also environmentally-friendly due to the lack of refrigerant and low energy use, consider an evaporative cooler. You can opt for window units or rooftop central units. Keep in mind that central units will require ductwork, much the same as central AC, while window units can only cool the room where it is installed. Evaporative coolers work well in dry climates since they also add moisture to the air as they cool.

Window units

Window units, whether an AC or an evaporative cooler, can be inexpensive but you will lose a window in each room that you wish to cool. For this reason, window units are most often only a good choice in rental homes where you can't install a more permanent option.

For more help, contact an HVAC company near you. For more information, contact a company like Nova Air Conditioning & Heating.