If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, it is important to know what your options are. So before you even call a professional, do some research yourself. This way you will be able to ask the important questions instead of wasting the professional’s (and your) time on the phone as you learn about each type of unit, their strengths and their weaknesses.
So do the legwork before you even think about picking up that phone. This article from BrightHub.com will help. It explains the four main types of air conditioners.
1. Window Air Conditioner: This type of unit is designed to cool a single room. In this air conditioner all the components, namely the compressor, condenser, expansion valve or coil, evaporator and cooling coil are enclosed in a single box. This unit sits in the window. Because of this, it is not the most aesthetically pleasing option available. But if you are looking to cool a single room, it is the most cost-effective option around.
2. Split Air Conditioner: This unit is comprised of two parts: the outdoor, which houses the compressor, condenser and expansion valve; and the indoor, which is comprised of the evaporator coil and cooling fan. The split air conditioner can be used to cool one or two rooms.
3. Packaged Air Conditioner: This type of unit is perfect for cooling multiple rooms or a large space in your home or office. There are two possible arrangements with the package unit. In the first one, all the components, namely the compressor, condenser (which can be air cooled or water cooled), expansion valve and evaporator are housed in a single box. The cooled air is thrown by the high capacity blower, and it flows through the ducts laid through various rooms. In the second arrangement, the compressor and condenser are housed in one casing. The compressed gas passes through individual units, comprised of the expansion valve and cooling coil, located in various rooms.
4. Central Air Conditioning System: This unit is used primarily to cool big buildings, houses, offices, entire hotels, factories, etc. The central air conditioning system is comprised of a huge compressor that has the capacity to produce hundreds of tons of air conditioning. If you have a big area to cool, central air conditioning may be the only way to go.
So now that you are well versed on each of the four main types of air conditioning units, you are ready to call a cooling professional to talk about your options. Make sure you ask plenty of questions and tell your professional exactly what you are trying to accomplish (how many rooms you need cooled, how big these rooms are, whether you live in a townhouse or full-size home, etc.). The more information they have, the better they will be able to assist you. Remember, a well-informed customer normally gets what they want/need the first time around.
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