It’s about to get hot in southern Utah. Is your air conditioner ready? If you’re in the market for a new cooling system, there are a variety of air conditioning units to evaluate. The answers to a few questions will help you to find the right system for your home. And, at Triple T, we’re all about helping you to find the right a/c unit for your needs.
Questions to Ask When Choosing an Air Conditioner
Choosing a cooling system for your home is not as simple as picking up your favorite shoes from your favorite store (or ordering online from your favorite website). We have found that asking a few questions can help to identify the right type of unit for your home.
How Long Are You Planning to Live in Your Home?
If you’re not planning to remain in the home where you’re installing the unit, you may not want to go to the expense of a unit with all the bells and whistles and ultra-efficient features. It may be smarter to get a basic unit that will do the job and use the money that you would have otherwise spent on something else.
What Type of Air Conditioning System Is Best for My Home?
To answer this, consider the energy efficiency of the home, the location, and design of the home, and even the size of your family. Relying on the square footage of your home to size the unit is not an accurate way to determine the appropriate system. The various air conditioner types work in different ways to cool your home. In many cases, a geothermal heat pump unit is an efficient option, but you’ll have to do some research. Engaging the services of a professional to examine your home and make a recommendation may help to make the best decision possible.
Three Types of Air Conditioners to Consider
Window units: These come in many sizes and can easily be installed (or removed) whenever necessary. This type of cooling unit the ability to cool substantial spaces but, they can also create a less-than-pretty image or even shift position and fall out of a window space if incorrectly installed and used for long periods of time. These units also have a tendency to drip from the portion of the unit that is outside the window.
Split air conditioners: These are the most popular type of unit in most homes. Inside the home, there’s a cabinet where the evaporative coil is hidden; it pulls the heat and humidity from the different rooms. It travels through the ductwork in the home to the condenser coil outside. Also, outside are the compressor and the blower, which send refrigerant through the ducts and into the home where it cools the home.
Ductless mini-split systems: In homes without ductwork, a ductless mini-split system is an option. The air handling unit is inside in these systems, and outside, you’ll see the condenser and compressor, like with the traditional split system. The biggest difference is that ductless mini-split systems only cool the room where they are installed and you’ll need more than one of these systems to cool your whole home.
At Triple T, we want to ensure that your air conditioner keeps your southern Utah home cool and comfortable this summer! If you’re looking to replace or upgrade your AC unit before it gets too hot to handle, contact us today.