4 Different AC Types: Choosing the Right One

There are many different AC types out there and it can be a hassle to choose the right one, but we’re here to help. We’ve narrowed down 4 popular options for you to choose from for your Huntington Beach home.

  1. Central Air Conditioners These units are the ones that you usually think of when you imagine AC. These use ducts, compressors, coils and refrigerant. The compressor unit brings in the air to be cooled by the refrigerant-filled coils and then distributes it throughout the house in the air ducts.
  2. Room Air Conditioners (window/wall) There’s a reason apartments use these single units compared to the other different AC types. They are compact and cool down a single room. Room Air Conditioners are also more affordable than their central system counterpart.
  1. Evaporative Coolers (swamp) Even though evaporative coolers are rarer than central air, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider them. They are very useful in dry areas like Huntington Beach. These home comfort systems work by pulling in outside air that is evaporated with moist pads, creating a cooling effect. This process can cost about half as much as central air and save as much as 75% on costs over summer. Evaporative coolers also bring in moisture, so keep that in mind if you want to avoid feeling like you’re in a sauna.
  2. Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners Many other countries such as Japan primarily use ductless mini-split AC units, and for good reason. They can provide custom temperatures for different rooms, something that central AC cannot do. Although this costs more than central air, this may save more money in the long run. This is especially true when there is no existing ductwork in the home.

How to choose between the Different AC Types

After learning about the different AC systems, we hope it’s easier to make an informed decision. Your home may already have central air as a standard, but you may be able to save money in the long run with the other options. Room AC units work best for smaller apartments where landlords may not even allow the installation of other systems. Evaporative coolers are the most economical and logical for dry environments. Call our Huntington Beach home comfort system technicians at (562) 861-2727 to get a professional opinion today. You may also request a callback today.

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