According to Consumer Reports, “More than 75 percent of U.S. homes use air conditioning, and 90 percent of new homes are equipped with central air.” If you are considering installing or replacing a central air conditioner, then you know that there are few other luxuries that add to quality of life more than a central air conditioner. However, having one installed is also one of the most expensive home improvements you will make. Therefore, it pays to do your research and choose wisely. Scott Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help you find the right air conditioner for you and your home. Here are a few of your options.
What is a Central Air Conditioner
A central air conditioner is one that distributes cool air throughout the house. It consists of three parts; a condenser unit, an air-handling unit with a blower and an evaporator coil, and a system of duct-work for exchanging room air with chilled air. The condenser usually sits outdoors. The air handler with the evaporator is typically placed in the basement, attic, or garage of the home. The duct-work is channeled through the basement or attic as well as the walls throughout the house. Refrigeration technology is used to cool the air.
Split Ductless Air Conditioner Systems
While the most common type of central air conditioning is the split system, as mentioned above, not every home is able to accommodate the duct-work needed to install central air. If that is the case for your home, a split ductless system is an option.
A split ductless system has an outside condenser like that of a traditional system. It also has between one and four indoor blower units that are mounted high on the walls of the rooms they are designed to cool. Tubing is used to connect them and circulate refrigerant. Along with an electric line and drain line, the tubing is run through a hole that is approximately three inches in diameter and hidden behind each indoor unit. As the name indicates, split ductless systems do not need duct-work. This makes them easier and less expensive to install.
Heat Pump Air Conditioners
Heat pump air conditioners are a variation that is common in places that have both heating and cooling needs. When it is hot outside, the heat pumps move warm air from your home to the outside. When you need to heat up your home, they do they opposite. Systems with heat pumps are generally used for cooling an average of seven months a year.
If you are considering your cooling options and live in the El Paso Area, call Scott Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. They will help you get the temperature of your home just right.