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Buying a new air conditioning unit to replace the old one you have at home or to install in your new office is quite an overwhelming process. You can’t just rush into it and buy the next A/C offered to you when you enter a store. You can’t even rely completely on the unit or brand referred to you by someone else because you surely have different needs. You should first ask these questions before looking into the A/C units available.
There are various types of air conditioning units with features that correspond to specific room sizes, frequency of usage, number of people, and some other factors. Thus, there’s a chance that you’ll get one that won’t fit perfectly to your needs. So if you don’t want to make that mistake, sit down, assess your needs, and research on what these different types of A/Cs offer.
Window-Type Room A/C
This is the most common type of air conditioning unit that basically performs with two venting operations. The first one is a process of pulling in warm air from the room and venting it to the environment outside. The next operation is emitting cool and fresh air inside the room. Thus, a window-type A/C is installed by making a hole on the wall where the unit fits perfectly so that one side faces the exterior environment while the other side faces the inside of the room. This is the cheapest type of A/C because it is usually capable of cooling down a single room.
Mini-Split Ductless A/C
This is a more stylish type of cooling unit because it’s much smaller than the window type, with a much more minimalist facade. However, a mini-split ductless A/C is composed of two units, one interior and one exterior. Since it is not a self-contained unit, the condenser and the other parts of this A/C are located in another unit which is placed outside the house. Unlike other A/Cs, the mini-split type does not require ductwork. However, the price could be double or triple a window-type A/C, simply because it does not require much work to be installed and it’s much more energy-efficient. No need to create a hole that fits the A/C. Just like the window-type, it normally can only cool down one room.
This can be a residential or a commercial type of A/C because a centralized cooling unit can work on a whole house or even an office. If you’re replacing your old A/C because it’s not sufficient to cool down your house and you feel a little discomfort because of that insufficiency, this type is probably the best to install. It has a much higher cooling capacity and it also has two separate units that let it work more effectively. However, you can also expect your bills to go up with this kind of A/C.
Packaged Terminal A/C
This is another commercial-grade A/C type that’s usually installed in hotels, inns, and hospitals. As the term implies, it comes in a package of several A/C units installed in different rooms with respective exterior units outside. A single interior unit can cool one room down. The advantage of a PTAC is that the various interior units can be controlled simultaneously.
The next important thing to consider after choosing and installing the air conditioning unit for your home or office is to have it maintained regularly by professional AC repair contractors. This way, you can prolong the life of your cooling unit and avoid wearing it out too much.