Choosing the Right A/C for Your Home

Just as Canadian winters can be cold, our summers can get pretty hot and humid! Even though it’s still spring and it may seem a little early to be thinking about air conditioning (AC), summer will be here before we know it. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home now, you’ll be glad you started thinking about it now before the heat and humidity set in.

When it comes to choosing the right A/C for your home, there are five different types of AC systems from which to choose:

Central Air Conditioning

Central AC uses the air ducts inside your home to blow cool air throughout your home. An evaporator coil is placed above your furnace and cools the air in your home. A condenser unit sits outside your home and expels the heat. This type of system cools all rooms in your home to the same temperature simultaneously. It is a cost-effective way of cooling your entire home.

Ductless Air Conditioning

Ductless AC is for older homes or homes that don’t have air ducts. The indoor units, or heads, are mounted inside on a wall, ceiling, or floor. They are connected to an outdoor unit through a hole in the exterior wall. The heads cool the rooms in which they are placed. If you want to cool more than one room, you will need a head in each room and you will need to make sure that your outdoor unit is powerful enough to accommodate multiple heads. The more heads you need, the more expensive this system becomes to operate.

Portable or windowless AC

Portable or windowless AC units have castor wheels and can be moved from one room to another. They need to be vented outside, usually through a window. Some can be noisier than other types of AC systems because the evaporator fan needs to work constantly to evaporate the moisture that condenses inside the unit. They’re a cost-effective solution for older homes with no air ducts or if you just want to cool one room at a time.

Window AC

Portable or windowless AC units have castor wheels and can be moved from one room to another. They need to be vented outside, usually through a window. Some can be noisier than other types of AC systems because the evaporator fan needs to work constantly to evaporate the moisture that condenses inside the unit. They’re a cost-effective solution for older homes with no air ducts or if you just want to cool one room at a time.

Heat Pump

Unlike these other units, a heat pump moves heat from inside to outside the home, but it can also move heat from outside to inside, i.e., it can function as both a heater and an AC. Due to advances in technology, heat pumps are now effective in colder climates. In places where electricity is less expensive and is generated sustainably, they can be an environmentally friendly solution because they don’t produce greenhouse gases like natural gas furnaces, so you can use your furnace less frequently in colder months.

There are two types of heat pumps: geothermal, which extract heat from the ground, and air sourced, which extract heat from the air. Air-sourced heat pumps can be central (i.e., they use your homes air ducts for heating or cooling) or ductless, just like ductless ACs you read about earlier.

Choosing the Right A/C for Your Home

It’s important to choose the right AC for your home. The one that is right for you depends on the size of your home, the number of rooms, the types of windows you have, how much insulation you have, and which direction your home faces (east, west, etc.).

You also need to consider the age of your home and your budget. Older homes don’t have air ducts, which can limit your choices. If you get an AC unit that’s too small, it won’t cool your home sufficiently on the hottest days when you need it most. If your AC unit is too large, it will cool your home but won’t reduce humidity, so your place will feel warmer than it would with a properly sized unit.

It’s a good idea to talk to an HVAC professional before deciding on an AC system so that you can choose the one that makes the most sense for your home.

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