4 Different Types of Cooling Systems

Summers in Pembroke Pines, FL are great as long as you are able to stay cool and comfortable when the humidity rises. If your air conditioner is no longer cooling properly or is at the end of its lifespan, it may be the right time to start shopping around for a replacement. Here are five different residential air conditioning systems to consider for your Florida home.

Central Air Conditioner

The most common type of air conditioner is the central cooling system. Central cooling systems use a network of ducts to supply air throughout the house. These are usually two-part systems with an outdoor unit that contains the compressor and condenser coils, and an indoor unit with evaporator coils. Refrigerant lines link the two together.

For central air conditioning to work efficiently, your HVAC technician should conduct a load calculation on your home to determine the correct size of the system to install. Make sure this step is not overlooked when installing a central air conditioner. An undersized unit won’t adequately cool your home. An oversized unit won’t dehumidify the home properly, leaving you to suffer the discomfort of Florida humidity.

Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Ductless systems are ideal for homes and apartments. These systems also have outdoor and indoor units, however, they require less space inside and are faster to install than central systems. The indoor air handlers are mounted on the walls or ceiling of the rooms you choose to install them in.

The benefits of ductless air conditioners include quieter operation, even temperature distribution, and zoned temperature control. With individual units in different areas in the house, you can save energy by switching off units in rooms that are not in use. In addition, each family member can personalize the temperature in the room they are occupying, keeping everyone in the family happy and comfortable.

Because they’re ductless, you’ll also enjoy better air quality without the dust and dirt that builds up in ductwork. This also means less maintenance, as no duct cleaning is necessary.

Heat Pumps

If you’re looking for an alternative to central cooling, a heat pump may suit your needs. In winter, heat pumps extract heat from the air or, in the case of geothermal heat pumps from the ground, to distribute through the house. This makes them a great energy-efficient choice. In summer, they work in reverse by removing heat from the air inside the home and transferring it outside.

Heat pumps are better suited to the southern states of the United States that enjoy moderate winters.

Evaporative Air Conditioners

Evaporative coolers, also called swamp coolers, are less common than refrigerant air conditioners. They are, however, a low-cost and energy-efficient way to cool a home. Evaporative coolers work best in hot dry climates, such as the Southwest regions of the United States. Areas like Florida contain too much humidity for this type of system to function effectively. Evaporative coolers use a fan to draw in outside air and pull it through moist pads where the air is cooled by evaporation and then circulated through the house. This simple process produces air that is 20-30 degrees cooler.

An air conditioning unit is a long-term investment. Once you’ve decided on the right type of air conditioning for your home, call Hi-Vac Air Conditioning Service at 954-246-4141 for prompt AC installation in Pembroke Pines, FL, and the surrounding areas.

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