Finding the best type of air conditioner doesn’t need to be complicated. Unlike buying a house or a new car, there are only a few different types of AC systems to choose from. However, when you need to replace an air conditioner, it can still be difficult to choose between the different types.
Good news, Baldwin Heating & Cooling is here to help! Although there isn’t one type of air conditioner that’s the “best,” you can determine the best option for your home based on a few different factors. We’re here to share the pros and cons of each type of air conditioner so you can make the best decision for your home!
What Are The Different Types Of Air Conditioners?
If you aren’t familiar with the different types of air conditioners, don’t worry— we’ve got your back. All you need to know is that there are two main types of AC: traditional and ductless. Out of these options, there isn’t one type that is better than the other, but they each have different strengths and weaknesses.
Traditional systems rely on a network of ducts inside the walls of a home or building. The two components of traditional air conditioning are an indoor and outdoor unit. The outdoor unit houses a compressor coil that moves warm outdoor air into your home.
The indoor unit houses the refrigerant and the evaporator coils. The warm outdoor air is absorbed by the evaporator coils and is cooled down by the refrigerant. The fans and ducts transport the cool air throughout your home, keeping you comfortable.
Just like a traditional system, ductless AC has an outdoor unit. However, ductless air conditioning relies on multiple indoor units that cool down each room or space within a home. These indoor units are connected to the outdoor unit through small cables that run through the walls of a home.
Ductless and traditional cooling systems rely on air distributed by the outdoor unit. Each indoor unit has a fan system and refrigerant, which cools the incoming air to the desired temperature.
Which Air Conditioning System Is Better?
Now that you know more about the different types of air conditioning systems, you need to know which kind is better. We hate to break it to you, but there really isn’t a clear winner when it comes to one or the other. Your individual needs will determine which system is best for your home.
Pros And Cons Of Traditional AC
Traditional AC is a great option for homes that have existing ductwork. If the ducts don’t have many damages that will reduce efficiency it may be more affordable to install central AC. Additionally, traditional systems are better for homes in areas with extremely hot or cold weather.
On the other hand, traditional units can be less efficient than ductless AC since leaks and cracks in the ductwork are common and can be hard to repair. Additionally, ductwork requires significant space inside your walls, making future renovation trickier.
Pros And Cons Of Ductless AC
Ductless AC can be very efficient when you purchase quality units. Since it only relies on small cables in the wall, less air is lost as it travels from one unit to the next. These cables take up minimal wall space, making renovation much easier in the future.
A new ductless system can be more expensive than a new traditional AC system, especially if you want to install a heat pump. Additionally, ductless AC doesn’t perform well in areas with extreme weather. Fortunately for us in Daphne, our temperatures don’t get very high or very low.
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Now that you know more about each type of air conditioner, making a decision should be much easier. Traditional AC is usually the best option for homes with existing ductwork in good condition. However, if you want to place an air conditioner in addition to your home or you’re building a new property, ductless could be the better choice.
If you still feel stuck, feel free to reach out to Baldwin Heating & Cooling. We know a lot about each type of air conditioner and are happy to help you figure out which system to buy. Contact us today for advice or to schedule your Daphne AC replacement and installation!