Air Conditioning Installation Options
When it comes to air conditioner installation, many people think they have only two options; window air conditioners or a central air conditioning system. Actually, there are many other options from which to choose, with pros and cons to consider for each:
Zone A/C Systems – This air conditioning configuration has multiple comfort zones that operate to cool in different areas, allowing the homeowner to control the temperature in each part of the home.
Pros: Can save significantly on energy costs by cooling only the areas that are used or needed.
Cons: For maximum effectiveness, careful and professional system design and installation is needed.
Ductless Mini Split Systems – You might consider a mini split air conditioner install if you are retrofitting an older home without air ducts, or if you add on a room and don’t wish to extend or install central air ductwork. A ductless air conditioner install operates like a conventional heat pump, only multiple small indoor air handling units cool individual rooms or zones.
Pros: In addition to no ductwork, the units are small and flexible for heating and cooling individual rooms.
Cons: Their cost can be significantly more than central units or window units.
Swamp or Evaporative Coolers – Unlike most other air conditioning systems, this type operates with the windows partially open. Good for hot, dry climates, this system passes cool outdoor air over water-saturated pads. The water evaporates, directing the cooler air into the home and the warmer air out the windows.
Pros: Natural and energy efficient, this type of system costs about half as much to install as central units and uses about a quarter as much energy.
Cons: Evaporative cooling systems require frequent maintenance and are not good in areas with high humidity.
Geothermal AC Systems – Since the ground below us remains a relatively constant temperature year-round, these systems use the consistent temperature of the earth for air exchange instead of fluctuating outside temperatures. Geothermal heat pumps exchange heat with the earth to heat and cool homes. Some models even provide hot water.
Pros: In addition to saving through energy efficiency, these systems are quiet, long lasting and need little maintenance.
Cons: The installation price for these units can be significantly higher than other systems.
Dual Source Heat Pumps – These systems combine air source heat pumps with geothermal heat pumps.
Pros: You get the best of both worlds and the cost less to install than geothermal units.
Cons: They aren’t as efficient as geothermal systems.
Radiant Cooling Systems – Still somewhat experimental but gaining popularity, this system uses floor tubing to cool the home.
Pros: Energy is not lost through ductwork.
Cons: Can’t be used in humid or climates.
Overwhelmed by the options? Fortunately, the professionals at ARS®/Rescue Rooter® are skilled and knowledgeable in helping you narrow down the best choices for your particular cooling needs. They also can provide accurate estimates and expert installation. Call your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® heating and air conditioning specialist today for the answers to all your ac installation questions.