Finding The Right Air Conditioner For Your Home

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Now, more than ever before—indoor air quality matters. With COVID-19, the state of your air truly affects you and your family’s health. Beyond increasing allergy symptoms and provoked respiratory exacerbation, compromised indoor air quality can pose an even greater risk to your health and those living in your home during this pandemic. That’s why ensuring your home cooling system is functioning properly is increasingly imperative.

Take that to-do list and check this task off—here is how to find the perfect air conditioning system for your home, so you can move forward in deciding which system is right for you.

Here are all of your home cooling options:

Traditional Air Conditioning Systems

If you have pre-existing ductwork in your home, you are building a new home, or you are completely redoing your current space, traditional cooling networks are a great option for you. Why is this the case? You won’t have to do demolition to add ductwork, making this option a cost-effective one if you are already renovating or currently have ductwork installed!

Traditional systems can also be connected to a smart thermostat, which will only increase your monetary savings. Smart thermostats can be pre-set to comply with your schedule, so you never have to worry about forgetting to turn your system off. This technology will additionally send you reminders when it is time for air filter replacements and maintenance—both of which are key for maintaining healthy indoor air quality.

Traditional air conditioning systems will allow for uniformed cooling throughout your home, as well, giving your space even climate control. If you and your family all enjoy the same indoor temperature, this is the cooling system for you!

Ductless Mini-Split System

Ductless cooling does not require any construction, ductwork, or pre-existing HVAC technology.

It is a great option for those who live in historic or antique buildings, as it will not compromise the integrity of your home’s design or character. This is also an ideal cooling system for those who reside in smaller properties. Why? Ductless mini-splits are wall hung, preserving your square footage! All larger equipment is installed outdoors.

How does a ductless mini-split system work?

A ductless mini-split system requires one outdoor compressor and one indoor delivery unit. You can install multiple indoor units as well; however, depending on how many rooms you wish to gain temperature control in, you may need to install more than one compressor.

Your outdoor compressor carries refrigerant and power into your home through a small pipe that connects to your indoor delivery system, which then processes the refrigerant, distributing chilled air.

Ductless mini-splits are perfect for families that prefer different indoor temperatures, as each room with a delivery system works independently. You will be able to control your indoor climate, room-by-room.

There are two ductless systems you can choose from:

  1. Single-Zone Ductless System

Only want to adjust the temperature in one of your rooms? Maybe you have a traditional air conditioning system, but your home office doesn’t have an air vent? Or, you have one room in your main house that needs cooling and a far away annex that requires climate control as well? Either way, if you require only one system, or have rooms that are too distant for the indoor units to connect to a single outdoor compressor, a single-zone ductless system is the cooling network for you.

  1. Multi-Zone Ductless System

Multi-zone ductless systems are for those that wish to control the temperature in numerous rooms of their home. With this system, you will be able to control each indoor unit independently or link them all together for uniform cooling throughout your property.

Heat Pumps

Although this appears, at face value, to be a heating system, heat pumps can actually cool your home as well. This system simply shifts air, extracting heat in the process. It is an extremely budget-friendly unit, as it can be used year-round for both heating and cooling your space.

Like ductless mini-splits, this system does not require ductwork, making its installation far less invasive and significantly less expensive than alternative cooling methods. Heat pumps are for you if you don’t want to impede on indoor space or don’t want to upset the historic nature of your home.

For your air conditioning installation, contact Carter Comfort Systems at (208) 739-4181. We are still open; and, as an essential business, we are ready to provide safe care to our community.