If you are in the market for a new air conditioner before the heat of summer comes to the Monmouth County area, you may want to familiarize yourself with the different types that are now available. Central air conditioning systems fall into one of four basic categories:
- Split System: This is the most common air conditioning system and it consists of two parts, the indoor and the outdoor unit, which are connected through refrigerant lines. The indoor portion contains the evaporator coils and it is connected to the home’s duct system for air distribution. The outdoor unit contains the condenser coils and the compressor, which circulates the coolant. These systems are easiest to install in homes that already contain a forced air furnace, because often they can use the same ductwork for air distribution.
- Packaged Central Air: This system combines the condenser coils, evaporator coils and compressor into a single outdoor unit, which is connected to the home with a supply and return duct. It is mounted on the roof or on a concrete slab, and for buildings that require heating as well as cooling, an electric heater or a gas furnace can easily be added.
- Mini-Split System: For homes without existing ductwork, a mini-split system is one of the easiest ways to add air conditioning. An outdoor unit, containing the condenser coils and compressor, is connected to one or more indoor units through a set of small ducts and refrigerant lines. Mini-split systems do not require major renovations and the temperature at each indoor unit can be controlled individually.
- Heat Pumps: These systems feature an outdoor unit with a set of coils and a compressor, and an indoor unit with another set of coils. During the summer, heat pumps can be used for cooling, and, in areas with mild winters, the cycle can also be reversed to provide efficient heating for your home.
If you have any questions about the different types of air conditioning, please contact our staff at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We provide quality heating, cooling and plumbing services to Monmouth County and the surrounding communities.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.