Finding the Right Type of Air Conditioning System

Understanding the features of the different types of AC systems is important. Finding the right one for your home can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. Choosing the best option can be exhausting when looking at everything that’s available.

No matter what form, air conditioning systems have similar working components. These include the refrigerant, compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and evaporator coil. They all work together to transfer heat and moisture from the inside of your home to the outside.

Here is information that could help you understand how they operate.

Window Air Conditioner

This is also known as a “unitary” air conditioning system. It consists of a self-contained air conditioning unit placed in a window or through a hole in a wall. All its components are in one compact box. It ejects heat out of its outdoor side and blows cool air through its indoor side. Window air conditioners can cool any space from a single room up to an entire floor.

Portable Air Conditioners

This system is also a unitary air conditioning system. It is a mobile unit placed on the floor of a room. It discharges exhaust heat using a hose vent through a wall or window.

These units are a bit louder than other types and usually suited for room sizes under 500 square feet. These are actually meant for wherever it’s impossible to install a window unit. Like the window air conditioner, this system has all the components in one compact box.

Because it sits indoors, the evaporator fan runs non-stop to evaporate condensed moisture. In a window-mounted unit, condensed moisture only drips onto the ground.

Split (Ductless) Air Conditioners

Split air conditioners are also called “ductless” or “mini-split”. They are common in homes as well as hotels and other multi-unit buildings. It’s popular for homes that are not served by a forced-air HVAC system. Most of them also offer heating functions.

This system has two terminal units. The outdoor condensing unit includes the compressor, condenser, and condenser fan. The evaporative unit is usually a rectangular box set high on an interior wall. It handles the air cooling and distribution in the room. It contains a circulation fan, expansion valve, and evaporator coil. Refrigerant tubing passes through the wall between the two units.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning is the largest type of conventional air conditioner. It has a condensing unit and an evaporative unit connected by refrigerant tubing. The outdoor condensing unit holds the compressor, condensing coils, and condensing fan. The evaporative unit consists of the evaporator coil and the expansion valve. It sits in the plenum, the chamber between the furnace and the duct system.

This system uses the same ductwork and blower fan as your heating system. It is most effective for cooling entire homes. The biggest issue is proper sizing; a system too large will not dehumidify enough, while a small one might not cool the room adequately.

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