Air conditioners come in all shapes and sizes, and in order to choose the right one, you’re going to have to do a little bit of research. From central air conditioners, to ductless mini splits, to even heat pumps, you’ve got a wide selection to choose from if you’re in the market. The only problem is, unless you’re familiar with the HVAC industry, you’re probably confused as to what the differences are between them.
You’re not the only one! Homeowners everywhere get confused when signing up for AC system installation in Westlake, particularly because air conditioners are so different these days. Different models have different functions, different SEER ratings, and cool homes using different technology.
So today we’re going to dive into the three main types of air conditioners we offer and talk about what separates them.
The Right Fit
If you were to ask us what the best air conditioner is, you’d be unsatisfied with the answer. We’re firm believers that every home is different and that there is a right type of system for everyone. Unfortunately, we don’t know what that system is unless we know a little bit about what you expect with your cooling (and heating) needs!
Central Air Conditioners
So, let’s say you’ve got a brand-new furnace in your home that keeps you warm all winter long at a low price, but you’re looking to get an AC system that does a similar job in the summer. Central AC systems are the gold standard of cooling and one of the most common and affordable cooling systems in existence.
They hook up to the same ductwork that your furnace uses, but instead of propelling heated air through it, a central AC system pumps cool air. Models are becoming more and more efficient these days with higher SEER ratings, so if you’re concerned about efficiency, we promise a central air conditioner is up to the task.
A heat pump functions similarly to a central air conditioner with one main difference—it can also provide heat in the winter! The name implies exactly what it does. A heat pump can move heat from one location to another, whether that’s from the outside of your home to the inside, or vice versa!
This is perfect for homeowners who are looking for both a heating and cooling system that functions efficiently. Heat pumps are becoming more and more common, which means their price is slowly evening out to the price of other multipurpose comfort machines, and they function efficiently as well!
Ductless Mini Splits
These types of air conditioners are basically heat pumps with one rather obvious exception. Where heat pumps use your air ducts, mini splits don’t need air ducts at all! This is a heating and cooling system that utilizes four air handlers spread around your home that will blow temperate air into your house at the desired temperature.
So for homeowners looking for a heating and cooling solution that also doesn’t require air ducts, check out our ductless mini splits and see if their versatility and efficiency is the right choice for you!
Call the professionals at Westland Heating & Air Conditioning for more information on the right AC system for you!