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Choosing The Type Of AC To Install

There are various types of air conditioners (ACs) such as a whole house, window, and portable ACs. If you want to install an AC, one of the first decisions you have to make is which type is best for you. Below are some factors you should consider to help you make the best decision.

The Number of Rooms

Some ACs are suitable for multiple rooms while others only work for single rooms. For example, window ACs only cool the specific room in which they have been installed, so you need a unit for each room of the house. Hence, it would be impractical and expensive to install window ACs in a house with numerous rooms. The same is true for portable ACs since they only heat one room at a time. So, a portable AC is impractical if you need to cool several rooms simultaneously.

The Required Cooling Capacity

The cooling capacity also varies by type; some ACs have higher cooling capacities than others. For example, window ACs typically max out at 12,500 Btu, which is just enough to cool a 300 square foot house. Thus, a window unit is adequate if your required cooling capacity doesn't exceed that figure. Portable and whole house ACs have higher cooling capacities than that.

House Ownership

Some ACs require extensive modifications to the existing building. If you don't own the house, then you might not get permission for the modifications, and you will have to avoid some AC. For example, some ACs require drilling holes into walls during installation, which a landlord might not agree to. In that case, you have no option but to install ACs that don't involve drilling into walls.

The Ductwork Situation

Some ACs require ductworks, which are tubes that channel air from the AC to different parts of the house, and vice versa. If your house doesn't have ducts, then you need to consider whether you want to install ductworks and how much of a hustle that would be. If ductwork installation seems complicated, then you can opt for ACs that don't require them (not all ACs do).

Your Noise Tolerance

Some ACs are barely audible while others make considerable noise. Your noise tolerance is, therefore, important because there is no need of buying an AC that will frustrate you every day with its noise. For example, window units tend to be noisy and are unsuitable for rooms where silence is golden.

The above are just a few differences between different types of ACs. Discuss with your AC contractor your needs so that the contractor can help you choose an AC that satisfies those needs. For more information, contact a company like Scott Guerin Heating & Cooling.