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Home Air Conditioning Options And Installation The Problem There are only three times when homeowners start to read articles about air conditioner installation. Those reasons are: (1) They are building a new home and an AC unit is just a part of the building process. (2) They are adding on to their home and their current system doesn't have enough juice to cool or heat the entire house. (3) Their current AC unit is dead and they need a replacement. Depending on your budget and which of the above narratives fit you, buying a new AC unit might be a big problem. A problem because it is inconvenient and costly. It is the intention of this article to provide homeowners with a few tips on installation, the different types of AC system and what to expect. Hopefully, this information will be of use to you. The Solution The solution to this problem is easy but far from simple. When it comes to air condition unit replacement and installation, just about any HVAC will have units that they typically install and they will give you a choice based on what they have access to with a discount. This typically works out fine but it does limit your options. One HVAC company in town only offers one brand, which is typically okay but I feel that people should have options. This article is all about options. There's More To This Story (Options) Not all air condition units are created the same because there are different types of systems (not just models) that use different techniques to condition the air and to distribute it to the house. In the next few sections we will cover all the major options that are available to homeowners. Some are more efficient than others and have benefits that might be important to you. Mini-Split Air Conditioner Systems Split systems are very modern and they have some advantages over traditional models. With a split system, there's a unit that is placed outside and a smaller quieter unit that is inside, this is where the "split" comes from. These systems do not use ducts to distribute air like in traditional systems, instead they use copper pipes. The advantage of this is a greater level of efficiency. For example, ducts are known to only distribute 30% of the air that is passed through them, while the copper pipes that are used in a split system only lose 5% of the air that passes through them. For a homeowner, this efficiency also equals a huge savings. The downfall or in some cases the advantage of this system is in the fact that they are used in zones to cool only a room or two. For some this means that they aren't wasting money supply air to rooms that aren't used. For others, this means that they need more than one unit. Duct Air Conditioner Systems This is the traditional compressor out back with a condenser in the basement, with duct work running to each room system that we are all familiar with. This is typically the most economical and most used system. It works, it has served generations of people well, it just isn't as efficient as some modern air conditioning and distribution systems. Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner Systems Just like the name implies, these systems run in reverse of traditional AC units. Instead of removing heat from the house, they move heat from the fans into the house. During summer, the process is reversed to provide cool air. These systems are very dependable and are used on both houses, hotels and on commercial buildings. They are a good choice for may applications. Evaporative Air Conditioner Systems This is one of the cheapest cooling application to install and is very portable. This process uses water that it wicks and evaporates into a mist to provide cool air. The problem with this system is that it uses a lot of water and it requires a low humidity climate. Without a low humidity climate, the air brought into the house will feel very muggy and humid-- more like bringing the outside in the house vs escaping the outside. Installation Choices (Who To Call) Stick with a professional HVAC company who has experience, good reviews, insurance and bonding. Never use a handyman or someone who cannot prove that they are a legitimate company. HAC work isn't for novices or DIY weekend warriors. There are too many things that can go wrong, some that can cause serious injury and some that could burn down your home. Stick with a pro. Putting It All Together Now is the time to put everything that we've covered together into a neat little package of information that you can take out into the world to get the best deal that you can on an AC system and on getting it installed. We have covered why you want to only do business with a HVAC pro and on the different systems that are available to homeowners. At this point, you should probably do a little more research on the different system and what best meets your ideals and your budget. Use the criteria that we have listed to help you pick the best HVAC company for the job. If you follow this information, things will go smoothly for you and you will have your new AC unit installed and running without any issues.