Not all air conditioning systems are the same. The size and type of AC that’s best for you will depend on several factors such as the size of the area to be cooled, the amount of heat generated in that area, the local climate, and how well insulated the area of concern is. In most homes and business, the space to be cooled is usually as self-contained as possible. One possible exception to this rule might be a workspace that must be well ventilated.
Here’s a brief overview of the various types of air conditioning systems.
Split Air Conditioner
A split AC system is comprised of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. The indoor unit contains the cooling coil or evaporator and a cooling fan. The outdoor unit contains the condenser, compressor, and the expansion valve. A split AC does not require you to make a hole in the wall and modern split units are designed to be aesthetically pleasing and to take up very little room in your home. These AC systems can cool one or two rooms typically.
Window Air Conditioner
Commonly used to cool a single room, window AC devices are installed in a window with an additional barrier to close the remainder of the window. The compressor, condenser, and expansion valve or coil are all contained in a single box. These small and relatively inexpensive units can also be installed into a permanent wall fitting.
Packaged Air Conditioner
If you wish to cool three or more rooms, your HVAC professional will recommend a Packaged AC system. These can be arranged in one of two ways. The first way involves a single self-contained unit which can be cooled by either air or water. The air is moved with a powerful blower that moves the air through ducts throughout the building. The second option involves a single compressor & condenser unit. Compressed gas is pushed through separate units, each of which cools the air separately for the rooms to which they are assigned.
Central Air Cooling System
Central air is popular for especially large homes and businesses. This is much cheaper than using separate units in especially large buildings. A central air system utilizes a very large compressor with the power to generate hundreds of tons of treated air. Cooling large conference rooms, eating halls, and long passageways require a big powerful Central air system.
To learn more about AC systems and discuss your options with the Seattle and Eastside air conditioning experts, get in touch with MM Comfort Systems today.