Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!
If you are looking for a new air conditioning unit, then there are several options available to you. To hep make your decision a bit easier, here are some of the most common types of air conditioners:
This is the default option in most cases, but that is because most buildings are built with ventilation systems in place already. Central air conditioners rely on ventilation to distribute cold air throughout the building, which means that you will need to pay attention to both the air conditioner itself and the corresponding air ducts.
Central units do tend to be pretty efficient, but only as long as they are kept clean. Dust and debris can clog up the unit and drastically reduce efficiency. Therefore, you should make sure to clean out the filters on your central AC every once in a while.
Finally, these units don't really get in your way, since so much of their infrastructure lies within your walls. The unit itself will likely be outside and easy to access when necessary.
You can also get an air conditioner that rests in a windowsill. These units are smaller and can be less efficient than central units, but they also might be cheaper. For instance, if you only need to cool down a single room, then a central unit would be overkill for your needs whereas a window-based unit could have the perfect amount of output.
On the downside, these units do essentially take one window out of commission, since you won't really be able to open, close, or even look out the window while it's being used as a mount for the AC. On a somewhat related note, window-based air conditioners can also provide an entry point for burglars, since you can't easily lock a window that has a bulky AC sitting in it.
Finally, you could opt for a heat pump, which is a combination of a heater and an air conditioner. A heat pump is extremely efficient at its job, but only when the temperatures inside and outside the house are similar. Raising and lowering the temperature of your home by a few degrees is easy and very cheap, but as that gap widens, a heat pump will become less and less efficient. There are ways to mitigate this problem, such as by getting a geothermal unit installed, but that involves much higher installation costs.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from C & D Cooling & Heating Co.