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4 Great Options For Updating Your AC

When your old air conditioning unit finally wears out and needs to be replaced, you may be tempted to simply buy the newer version of the exact AC you already have. A better approach is to take your time, research, and consult with an experienced HVAC company to determine the best option for your home's cooling needs. Use this as an opportunity to upgrade your AC to a more energy efficient and comfortable option. Here are five great AC options to consider:

Mini Split Ductless AC

One heating and cooling option that is steadily growing in popularity is mini split ductless systems. A mini split involves an outside compressor unit (much like a conventional AC) along with small inside units that are usually mounted on the wall. Mini split systems rely on electricity instead of pumping air through ductwork, so you will no longer need to have ductwork cleaned on a regular basis, and you can use them even if you move into a house without ductwork.

Mini splits actual provide both cooling and heating, so you can keep your home comfortable year-round with only one system. They work really well in a zoned system, where you have different indoor units (for example, one in each bedroom as well as the main living area) and can control the temperature in each unit individually. The zoned nature of mini splits makes them quite energy efficient, helping to save money on your energy bills in both winter and summer.

Air Source Heat Pump

Another cooling option to consider is an air source heat pump. These work by taking the air outside and extracting heat particles in winter and cold particles in summer to efficiently heat or cool your home. Air source heat pumps are a very effective and energy-efficient option if you happen to live in a mild or warm climate, as they tend to be slightly better at cooling than at heating and may not provide quite enough warmth to your home if you live somewhere with harsh winters.

Air source heat pump technology has been making advances toward working better in all climates, however, so you may want to discuss this option with your trusted HVAC company regardless.

Geothermal Heat Pump

A geothermal heat pump is different than an air source heat pump in that it uses cold or hot air molecules from the ground instead of the air. In the summer, a geothermal heat pump exchanges the hot air outside with the cold air underground and then pumps this cold air into your home, after it passes through a compressor and filter system. These systems are also very energy efficient and many homeowners like that the main unit is buried underground, where it's totally out of sight.

More Efficient Conventional AC

If none of these options sound quite right for you, your best bet may be to simply upgrade to a more efficient conventional cooling system. If your home's current air conditioning system is quite old, chances are good that a new, modern system will be more efficient and do a more consistent job of cooling your home in the summer.

There are also specific things you can do to make your new air conditioning system more efficient. Working with your HVAC company to choose an appropriately sized outdoor unit is important because a too-small unit will not cool your home effectively, while buying a system that is larger than you need will waste energy. Keeping the outdoor unit clean, free of debris, and in a shady spot will also help your air conditioning work more efficiently.

When considering these various air conditioning options, it's always a good idea to start with an appointment with an experienced HVAC company. They will help you narrow things down based on your local climate, your square footage, budget, and their own specialized knowledge. Click here for info for your AC installation.