Types of Air Conditioners
Picking out an air conditioner can be exciting but also daunting. There are so many different options on the market it can be difficult to know which one is best suited for certain applications. Getting an A.C that is too big for a small space can be an issue because the unit will cycle on and off too quickly and won’t properly remove the humidity from the room. An A.C that is too large will produce a cold, clammy environment. On the other side, an air conditioner that is too small will never turn off and keep trying to cool a room that is too big for it. This will cause electricity bills to skyrocket and constant A.C repairs. That is why choosing the type and size of an air conditioner is very important and will save you a headache and a lot of money.
Central Air Conditioning
This type of air conditioner is very common and a good choice for larger homes. There are supply and return ducts throughout the house that are used to circulate the air. The supply ducts pump out cool air and the return vents suck in warm air. These are larger units and are normally located outside. With these types of air conditioners, it is even more important to get the correct size for the amount of space being cooled. They can be efficient if properly sized.
Ductless air conditioners are similar to central A.C in the fact that they both have outdoor units that connect to the house or building. The biggest difference is that ductless air conditioning has the ability to cool separate rooms to different temperatures. There are thermostats that can be set to different temperatures, allowing up to four rooms to be cooled to different temperatures.
Window Air Conditioning
Window units are very popular, especially in apartment complexes and smaller homes or buildings. They only cool one room and are efficient when used correctly. These work by taking the air from inside the room and using a fan to blow the air over a condenser which is then blown into the room; hot air is expelled outside.
Portable air conditioners are similar to window units except they use a hose to pump the hot air outside through a window and can, therefore, be moved to different rooms easily since they are not installed. They only cool one room at a time but can easily be moved from room to room not only helping to cool the rooms but saving a lot of energy and money in the process.
Hybrid Air Conditioner
These units got their name because they work similarly to a hybrid vehicle. They alternate being using electricity and using solar power, which is a massive energy saver. Although these units might not be the best option for those living in less sunny states. But for all the residents in Phoenix, these are a great option and they can save a lot on electricity bills!
These are not as common but are efficient, sustainable and very long-lasting. These units use the Earth’s temperature to regulate the home or buildings temperature. Since the ground, at a certain level, maintains the same temperature it can be used to heat and cool. This works by installing large pipes in a looping pattern underground. When it is hot outside the coolness in the ground will be transferred to the house, vice versa when it is cold outside the heat from the Earth will be transferred to the house. This option is very efficient and effective but is not always available to everyone.
Properly Sized Air Conditioner
Getting the right-sized air conditioner doesn’t have to be a guessing game. It is fairly simple to calculate. The first thing to know is what BTU’s are. Almost all air conditioners have a BTU amount associated with them. Calculating this number will easily determine what size air conditioner is best for certain applications. BTU stands for British Thermal Units. But before calculating the BTU needed, there are some factors that come into play. Things that can affect these calculations are the size of the window, the height of the ceiling, the number of people occupying the space, if the room is on the first story or second story, and the location that the A.C unit will be located. If the air conditioner is going to be installed in the kitchen the BTU will need to be higher to compensate for the extra heat produced by the oven and stove. Air conditioners should not be installed where they will be in direct sunlight as it will cause the unit to work harder.
To calculate the BTU needed simply measure the square footage of the room that is to be cooled. Measure the length and width of the room and then multiply that number 30 if the A.C is being installed on the first floor and by 40 if it is being installed on above the first floor. After that simply add 2,000 to that number and that will be the BTU needed to properly cool the room. Generally, air conditioners range from 5,000 to 34,000 BTU’s. If there are other factors that might influence the BTU calculation it is always a good idea to consult with an expert. But an estimation never hurts to know when shopping around for air conditioners.
Air Conditioning Experts
Surprise, Arizona gets incredibly hot in the summertime. Having the right style and size A.C is crucial to making it through the summer without suffering. The technicians at Sunrise Mechanical Inc. are experts in all things air conditioning. When it is time to get a new A.C or have maintenance or repairs done, always call Sunrise Mechanical Inc. It is a good idea to take care of these things before the summer begins that way there is no worry that the A.C won’t be working during the hottest time of the year. If you have questions or would like some advice on different air conditioners, feel free to call and talk to one of our technicians. We strive to provide excellent customer service and reliable installation, repairs and maintenance.