Choosing the right AC system is important because it affects many factors of your everyday life, such as utility costs and comfort. Many people aren’t aware that you have an option to pick a unit that best suits your needs. Before deciding on a type of unit, it’s best to assess your own lifestyle and then choose an AC type that complements it.
Consider each type of system with pros and cons.
Traditional A/C Unit
A traditional AC system features a main unit that sends cool air through ducts, which are then distributed throughout the home. Most homes built today feature a traditional system, and it’s best to stick with one if it is already installed. Modern units are more energy-efficient than the old ones.
- If you have a family or all of the rooms are frequently used, this is the easiest system to cool the whole house. It is also less time-consuming in the long run because you can control the temperatures from one thermostat.
- The initial installation cost is lower than a ductless system.
- Since there is only one large unit, they can produce more noise than a ductless system.
- Duct repair can be costly. It’s best to have a technician assess them regularly to ensure no problems occur.
- It cools all the rooms in the house at once. This can create a higher utility bill, which may be unnecessary if you aren’t using those rooms.
Ductless A/C System
Ductless AC systems consist of two parts that are connected by a conduit: an indoor air-handling unit and a compressor that is placed outside. This is the same idea as a traditional unit, but with a more direct route that focuses on one room. These units are best for homes that do not already have a traditional system in place or homes with an addition, like an enclosed garage. Because installing or repairing ducts can be costly and time-consuming, it is often better to skip that route altogether and install a ductless system.
- These units are more compact, which means installation is easier. Their small size usually means they are less noisy.
- Since these systems are for each specific room, they are more energy-efficient, thus leading to cheaper utility costs. You only have to cool the room you are using, as opposed to the whole house.
- The upfront costs to install a unit can be higher in relation to a traditional unit. The reason for this is because each room requires a different unit. Still, if your home is older and doesn’t have ducts already installed, it may be the cheapest option.
- Although they are energy efficient, some may feel that having to control each room separately is a hassle.
If you’re unsure about which type of system is right for you, it’s best to have a trained technician assess your home and lead you in the right direction. For any questions about AC installation, call the professionals at Express Air.