Home cooling capabilities have come pretty far over the past couple of decades. Now, rather than just choosing a version of the same AC system that everyone has in their home, you can actually choose between a couple of different types of cooling units for your home.

This does raise a new question for some people though and that question is, “Which type of air conditioner is the best one?” Not all units are created equal but that doesn’t necessarily mean that one of them is better than the other. In fact, the only time you can say one type is the “best” is when it meets your home comfort needs better than the other type of system might.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of the two main types of air conditioners out there.

All About Central Air Conditioners

Central air conditioners are what most people think of when they imagine a home cooling system. These consist of an indoor and outdoor unit that works together to pull warm air out of your home, cool it, pump the cool air into the house through the home’s ductwork and removing the absorbed heat outside of the house.

Central air conditioners require electricity, refrigerant, and ductwork to do their job. Thankfully these systems are known for accomplishing their work efficiently and quite effectively too.

Drawbacks of a central AC system is that they do require ductwork which means you will need to maintain and repair those ducts if you want your system to work. Additionally, central air conditioners provide standard cooling to the entire home so if you want custom comfort options, this wouldn’t be the ideal system for you.

The Hub-bub About Heat Pumps

While the name can be a little confusing, heat pumps or ductless mini splits are able to offer you year-round comfort thanks to their ability to provide both heating and cooling options. A heat pump also utilizes refrigerant to transfer heat into or out of the air in your home, allowing it to cool your home in a manner that is highly energy efficient.

Along with great energy efficiency, a heat pump can also provide custom comfort options thanks to its ability to adjust the cooling power in each area via individual air handlers. Not to worry though, you can also control all the air handlers at once to provide a standardized temperature throughout the house.

Heat pumps are great systems but may not be ideal for those who are looking for a system with a less expensive initial purchase and installation price. They may also not be great for someone who doesn’t like the idea of having air handlers sitting on the walls throughout the house.

Care for Your Air Conditioner

Whatever your choice is for your home air conditioning system, you will want to make sure you keep it in good shape so it can provide you with cool comfort for a good, long while.

Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating for all of your A/C repair and maintenance services.

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