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What Are the 3 Main Types of Air Conditioning Systems?

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Choosing the right cooling system for your home can be a daunting task. You want to choose a system that’s affordable, energy efficient and effective. Here are the 3 main AC systems to consider.

1. Central air conditioner

Central air conditioners are the most common type of cooling system. They consist of an outdoor unit with a condenser and compressor and an indoor unit that contains a fan and an evaporator coil. Cool air is circulated throughout your space through a network of ducts.

Central air conditioners are most suitable for cooling medium to large homes. They effectively cool the entire space to maintain a consistent indoor temperature. They’re also easy and convenient to control via a thermostat. However, the upfront cost of installing a ducted system can be costly.

2. Ductless mini-split air conditioner

Ductless mini-split air conditioners consist of an outdoor condenser unit and one or several indoor air-handling units. These units are connected by refrigerant lines, eliminating the need for intricate ductwork. This makes ductless systems easier and cheaper to install compared to central air conditioners. Moreover, each indoor air handler can be controlled independently, allowing for customized temperature control in different rooms.

Ductless systems are most suitable for small spaces that don’t have pre-existing ductwork, like add-ons. Therefore, if you have a large space with extensive square footage, ductless air conditioning might not cut it.

3. Heat pump

Don’t be fooled by the name. Heat pumps are versatile systems that provide both cooling and heating. They operate by transferring heat from one location to another. For example, in the summer, a heat pump cools your living space by moving warm indoor air outside.

The biggest draw for heat pumps is that they’re extremely energy efficient. Plus, since they heat and cool your space, you don’t have to spend money on separate HVAC appliances. Although the initial cost of installing a heat pump system can be higher compared to other cooling systems, the long-term energy savings can help offset this cost over time.

Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Installation in Winnipeg

Are you ready to invest in a new AC system? Look no further than Fair Service Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. We can help you choose a system that meets your needs. We carry industry-leading brands, like Ruud, Lennox, Goodman, Carrier and Rheem. We also install, maintain and repair all types of air conditioners. We serve customers in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas including LaSalle, Headingley, Stonewall and St. Francois Xavier. Contact us today to learn more.

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