Sure, you’re probably very familiar with your trusty window air conditioner, but did you know there are better, more efficient options out there? While a window unit will get the job done in its designated area, it won’t usually work to cool an entire home, apartment or office building. If you’re tired of having to pick and choose which areas of your home are worthy of being cooled, upgrading to one of these three whole-house air conditioning systems might be beneficial for you.
Arguably the most popular home cooling system is the central air unit, also known as a split system. In short, central units have two main components, the evaporator coil and air duct system located indoors, and the condenser coil and compressor unit that’s usually found alongside the home outside. The outdoor component works to remove heat, using the compressor to pump refrigerant between the two coils, which cools down the air. Once inside, the cool air is pumped through the duct system and distributed evenly throughout the home. This type of system is best used in conjunction with a central furnace, as both can share the duct system.
Don’t worry, we’re still talking about cooling a home here — just in a different way. Heat pumps do exactly as you would assume, they pump heat. In the summer months, they pump heat out of the home, and during the winter months they pump heat in. Sounds simple enough, right? The only downside is that heat pumps work best in mild climates. In areas that see freezing temperatures in winter, a geothermal heat pump that pulls heat from the ground might be applicable, but typically it’s best to go for the central air/furnace in those cases.
Looking for an easier transition? Consider going ductless and save yourself time and money. Ductless units combine both the indoor and outdoor components of a split central air system in one, plus they allow you to control the temperature room-by-room, instead of from one central thermostat. Instead of duct vents in each room, you’ll have mini split units mounted high on the wall, which means installation is significantly easier.
Are you interested in learning more about the home cooling options that Tyler Heating & Cooling can offer. If so, just give us a call at 203-378-4700 and we’ll send one of our knowledgeable and friendly technicians over to give you an estimate and determine your best home cooling solution.