What Are My New AC System Options?

air-conditionersSo, you’ve decided to install a new AC system in your home. Perhaps the old one finally gave up the ghost or you want to replace it before it has the chance to go out. Either way, when it comes to Florida summers, you can only afford to be without air conditioning for about thirty seconds before your life takes a dramatic turn for the worse. With that in mind, we have an overview of the three major AC system options to choose from.  

3 AC System Options

You may have the idea to install a new AC system yourself to save a few dollars. While this may be feasible if you’re replacing a window unit or two, central air conditioners and ductless mini-splits require experienced professionals for correct setup. Don’t go it alone! Instead, contact your local AC experts to formulate a plan of action that works for you.

1. Window/Portable Air Conditioners

Window unit air conditioners are a popular option. On the positive side, they can be used to only cool the rooms you’re using instead of the whole house. This also allows them to be more energy efficient. On the downside, they can be noisy, reduce the amount of light coming into a room, and many homeowner associations do not allow their use.

Portable air conditioners sit inside a room with an exhaust line running outside to vent hot air. Like window units, they allow you to cool only areas being used. Unfortunately, they are more expensive than window units, take up valuable floor space, and haven’t been evaluated using the Energy Star rating.

2. Central Air Conditioners

Most homes built since the middle of the twentieth century employ central air conditioning units. A large compressor located outside allows cooling coils inside to produce cold air. This air is then distributed through the house via ductwork usually located above the ceiling.

While this has been the standard residential AC system for decades, it’s not without its disadvantages. Up to 25% of cooling power is lost as air moves through ductwork. In addition, in coastal climates like Florida’s, the high humidity can cause mold to form on cooling coils and ductwork and reduce performance.

3. Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners

A newer option is the ductless mini-split air conditioning system. This also has a unit located outdoors, but instead of cold air coming from a single interior unit, rooms have individual wall-mounted blowers with their own independent thermostats.

These systems offer the benefits of window units – only cool the rooms you choose – and there’s no ductwork with the corresponding loss of cooling power. Ductless mini-splits have a higher initial installation cost, though, and require monthly filter changes to operate efficiently.

Maintaining Your AC System

No matter which of these AC system options you choose, you’ll want to protect this financial investment. To that end, you should also invest in a regularly scheduled maintenance program. Our knowledgeable technicians have the skills and equipment to keep you cool and your AC system running at peak performance.


Contact Astro Air Inc. for air conditioning installation in Deerfield Beach, FL, today!  

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