Choosing a new air conditioner is a lot like choosing a new car – you want to find the right make and model, but you don’t want to overpay for features you’re not going to use. Unfortunately, you can’t take an AC unit for a test drive, but with the right guidance, you can pick a model that’s perfect for your home. At Dipple in Greenville, our HVAC experts can help you choose a new air conditioning unit that’s the right size and the right price. In this blog, we’ll look at some different types of AC units and what size will best for your home.
Types of AC Units
With most homes in South Carolina using their central air conditioning for a good part of the year, a standard AC unit is the most popular choice for many homeowners. An outdoor condenser has refrigerant that cools the outside air and pumps into the ductwork that runs throughout the house. The outdoor unit has a coil, compressor, and other integral parts that cool and dehumidify the air, keeping the inside of the house at a comfortable temperature.
Another option is a heat pump air conditioner, which sounds like somewhat of a contradiction. During the warmer months of the year, the heat pump pulls warm air from inside the house to the outside, and when colder weather arrives, it does the opposite. This type of HVAC unit can be ideal for regions where there are distinct heating and cooling seasons.
The third option for cooling your home is a split ductless system. As with central AC, these systems have an outdoor condenser, but instead of a blower that pushes cool air into the home’s ductwork, a split system has tubing that connects each blower unit (usually mounted high on an interior wall) to the condenser unit. Refrigerant is circulated through this tubing to each blower unit, and each unit has its own control, giving the homeowner the ability to set the desired temperature in each room. Split systems can be a great alternative to window AC units, and when installed properly, can be a great way to cool your home.
Sizing Your New AC
When thinking of an AC unit’s “size,” it has nothing to do with how big the actual unit is, but instead how much cool air it can produce. You’ll want to take into account how large your home is, how well insulated it is, and what your family’s cooling demands are. Our HVAC team can help you better understand how to size your new AC, and we’ll explain the best way to calculate your cooling demands. An air conditioner that’s too small for your home will have to work overtime to adequately cool your house, and one that’s too large can cycle on and off too frequently, leading to decreased efficiency and raising the potential for system malfunction.
If you’re getting ready for warmer weather and have been thinking about replacing your old air conditioner, contact Dipple today to discuss all of your cooling system options. We can help you pick the right model, choose the right size, and provide expert installation in no time at all. We want you and your family to be cool and comfortable all summer long!