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As you read about different types of air conditioning systems, you’ll learn:

  • How to choose the best system for your home
  • What to think about when choosing an HVAC system

You rely on your HVAC system to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, so when it malfunctions, you need to replace it quickly. With several types of air conditioning units to choose from, you may be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the one that best meets your individual needs. Here is what you need to know about the six types of residential air conditioner units so you can decide which one is right for your home.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning is the most common type of HVAC system. It must be installed by a professional because it is essential to choose the right size for your home, but this type of HVAC system is incredibly efficient for heating and cooling large homes when installed correctly. It works by using air ducts and registers to carry and deposit cool air throughout the house.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal heating and cooling use new technology to heat and cool your house by extracting heat from the earth. It works by depositing loops and coils deep into the ground underneath your home. Because the earth’s interior always stays around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the coils extract heat from the earth to keep your home warm. During hot weather, the coils return heat to the earth so that your house cools down.

Ductless, Mini-Split Air Conditioning

This type of HVAC system functions similarly to central air conditioning. It has the same parts, including a compressor, but it splits your home into zones with separate thermostats. This means you can keep one area of your house very warm while another room is cool.

Window Air Conditioner

If you only want to cool one room, a window air conditioner is the best option. It blows cool air into the room while releasing warm air out the window. It is a great option for people who live in small spaces, but it isn’t effective for cooling an entire house.

Portable Air Conditioner

Portable air conditioners work just like window units, but they can be installed anywhere in a room. The unit blows cool air into the room while sucking hot air out of it. The system then blows hot air out the window through a pipe that is installed there. Unlike window units, portable air conditioners can be moved easily around the room or even carried to another part of the house. However, they are similar to window air conditioners in that they are best for cooling small spaces.

Hybrid Air Conditioner

Hybrid air conditioners function on both electricity and fossil fuels, depending upon the weather. When it is hot outside, the system pulls heat from inside the house and places it outside. The HVAC pump works the opposite way during the winter and pulls heat from outside to keep the house warm and toasty during cold snaps. The system determines whether to run on fossil fuels or electricity to save you money on energy costs.

Choosing the right type of HVAC system for your home is important for maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your house. Now that you know about the air conditioning units you have to choose from, you can make an informed decision on which one is best for your home. Pioneer Heating & Air is ready to install whichever unit you choose, and our technicians are always ready and willing to answer any questions you have about your system. Contact us today to get started.

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