Essentials of Air Conditioning
Selecting the Right Type: The most important factors when choosing an Air Conditioning system are: size, efficiency, expectations, space, and your budget.
Swanton will work with you in choosing the right type of Air Conditioning system and accessories that will live up to all your expectations without breaking the bank. Below is a brief description of the different types of cooling systems that we offer.
A Central Air system circulates warm air from your house into an Air Conditioning Unit to cool the air and remove humidity. After the Air Conditioning Unit cools the air, the cool air is distributed throughout the building via a Duct System.
Advantages: This type of system allows for Forced Air Heating and Air Filtration.
Disadvantages: Need to have room for the duct system. In some older houses, there isn’t room for the large ducts required.
High Velocity Central Air
Similar to a regular Central Air system, the High Velocity system circulates warm air from your house into an Air Conditioning Unit to cool the air. After the Air Conditioning Unit cools and dehumidifies the air, the cool air is distributed throughout the building via a Duct System. The duct system in a high velocity system is much smaller. Air flows at a much higher velocity allowing for the same total volume of air to be delivered to your house as in a regular central air system.
Advantages: Smaller Duct Work. This type of system allows for Forced Air Heating and Air Filtration.
Disadvantages: Does not achieve SEER Ratings as high as other units.
Mini Split Air Conditioning
Mini Split Air Conditioning units use an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handling unit. The air is cooled outdoors, like a central air unit, but instead of pumping the air through ducts in the house, the air is pumped to air handler systems mounted on the wall or ceiling.
Advantages: No Duct Work. Great for limited amount of space/retrofits, Energy Effiecient, and Attractive Design.
Disadvantages: Cost. Can cost 30% more per ton of cooling capacity than regular central air.
Efficiency Rating on Air Conditioning Units
Air Conditioning units are rated on a scale from 0 -18 (EER Rating) for their efficiency. If your air conditioning unit is 10 years old or more, chances are you have a unit with an SEER rating of 6.00 – a very low rating. Newer Air Conditioning units are so efficient, that you can save up to 67% or more electric by going from a SEER rating of 6.00 – 18.00! Swanton will help you choose the right type of Air Conditioner for your home. To the right is a table showing the savings on electricity by moving to a more efficient air conditioning unit.