When it is time to have an air conditioning unit installed in your home, you may not know what air conditioning unit would be the best option.

Some options are amazing for large homes, while others are more suited for small apartments. 

Split System 

This type of unit is designed to cool the entire home. With a split system, a compressor unit is placed outside the home and controls the entire process. The chilled air is blown through air ducts. A cabinet with an evaporator coil removes heat from the home.

A split system is the best option for a home with a central furnace because the ducts can be shared with the furnace. When the temperature needs to be lowered, the AC turns on. The AC shuts off and the furnace ignites whenever the home needs to be heated. 
The benefit of central air is that you can be sure that all of your home will be adequately chilled. You will have consistent air all year round. The more rooms and floors you have in your home, the better off you will be with a central air system. 

However, central air can be one of the most expensive ways to heat and cool your home. You may not have an outdoor location for your AC, and you may not already have duct work in place if you do not have a furnace, which will make installing central air expensive. 

Heat Pumps 

A system similar to the split system is the heat pump. This is a device that pumps hot air from inside the home outside during the summer. During the winter, the heat pump is able to reverse this process. 

Heat pumps do not work well in homes where the temperature remains below freezing for a long period. Some homeowners will use a second heat source for when temperatures fall further. One example of an alternate heating source is a geothermal heat pump. This is a heating unit that receives its heat from the ground rather than by generating the heat, which makes it better for the environment. 

Another problem with using heat pumps in colder climates is that they are not able to generate as much heat as furnaces that are powered by fossil fuels. 

Portable Air Conditioners 

Portable air conditioners allow you to move a unit to the part of the home that needs it the most. This is useful if you only intend to reside in one section of your home. They need to be placed near a window because the heat that is removed from the air needs to be released outside. 

Portable air conditioners can be inconvenient because they require a window. Also, even though portable air conditioners can be moved, they are still heavy. They often come with wheels, which makes it possible to move them despite their weight. 

Window Air Conditioners 

A window air conditioner is installed inside a window. The hot air exhaust system faces the outside and the cool air exhaust system faces the inside. They can be set to cool small or large rooms. They are most often used for cooling an apartment. 

Through-the-Wall Air Conditions 


Similar to the window air conditioner is the through-the-wall air conditioner. These can be installed flush with the wall to cause the air conditioner to fit much more seamlessly with the rest of the home. One difference between through-wall and window air conditioners is that through-wall air conditioners do not have the venting mechanism on each side of the unit that the window air conditioner has. 

Sometimes you can't choose the right type of air conditioning unit without help from the experts. At Air Time Heating & Cooling, we'll look at your home and make a recommendation for the best air conditioner to choose.