Did you know that the average American household spends about 13% of its total utility bill every year on keeping the home cool?
What about the fact that about 87% of American households now have an AC unit?
With the temperatures already heating up as we head towards the summer months, if you don't have an air conditioning - or if you're just thinking about upgrading your current AC unit - you likely have a few questions.
Most of all: which type of air conditioning unit is right for me?
Don't worry - we're here to help you stay cool this summer.
In this post, we're outlining the 4 main types of air conditioning units, and tell you how to pick which one is right for your home.
A Window AC Unit
This is among the most popular type of AC unit. Why? First of all, they're among the most affordable option. Also, they're easy to install.
This is probably why over 6.5 million window AC Units are sold every single year!
So, if you're not exactly a whiz with a toolkit, or if your budget is on the tighter side, this is a great option for you.
These window units will usually only blow out air in a single direction. So, when you're selecting the window, make sure that you choose your unit's location wisely to ensure that the temperature of the room will be properly regulated.
It doesn't matter if you have a single or double-hung window in your home. These units can usually work with either option and are delivered with extra paneling to make sure the unit stays in place.
Even if you have sliding windows, you can usually safely attach your unit to the outside of your home.
Keep in mind though, that if you live in an apartment building, your landlord may have regulations relating to the installation process of your new air conditioning. Always check with your landlord before you install your unit, to avoid trouble down the line.
Portable Air Conditioners
Don't want to buy an air conditioning unit for every room in your house? Really only need a single room heated (or live in a studio apartment?)
If so, a portable air conditioner may be the right option for you. They are on the heavier side though, and not always as energy efficient as window unit options.
So, they'll work well for those that don't usually need much AC.
These units use a venting kit to get rid of any exhaust, and they'll either have a hose that drains the contents of their reservoirs or will have to be manually emptied.
Air Conditioners With Heaters
If you live in a climate where the temperature fluctuates fairly regularly with the seasons, a unit that can both heat and cool your home will likely be your best bet.
Often, these units are available in both window unit and portable unit options, so you can choose what works for your space.
Built-In Wall Air Conditioners
These are perfect for homeowners that plan to stay in their properties for a long time. Usually, you'll need a professional to come install these units, but the extra effort is well worth it.
These units fit directly into your wall, which means that you'll need to cut a hole in your exterior and interior walls. However, if you won't want to lose any window space, they're a great option.
Since you'll be able to cut these holes to fit the unit exactly, there will be less of a chance for air to get into your home, as it might with a poorly installed window unit.
Especially if you need to cool down a room that's not linked to your home's central cooling system, these wall units can be a real lifesaver!
What Else Should I Consider?
Of course, the type of air conditioning unit that's best for your home isn't the only thing you need to consider when making your choice.
There are a variety of other factors that can influence what you end up deciding on. Let's take a look at a few of them now.
The Noise Factor
The last thing you want is a unit that keeps you cool, but also keeps you up at night! Before you make any final decisions, ask about how loud your unit is expected to be when it's running.
This may also affect where you decide to install your unit.
How Efficient Is Your Unit?
Whether you're worried about your impact on the environment, just want to keep your cooling costs down, or both, you need to know the energy efficiency of your unit.
If this is an important factor for you, be sure to look for units with a high Energy Efficient Rating (EER.) The more stars it has, the more efficient it is!
What Are The Cooling Speeds?
In general, units will have a variety of different temperatures and cooling speeds for you to choose from. You can look for units that display the actual temperature in numerical forms or simply go with an option that has an adjustable knob.
How Much Does It Cost?
Of course, your budget will be the final influence (and probably the greatest influence!) on the type of unit you end up going with.
Keep in mind though, that spending a bit more initially, especially on units that are more energy efficient, can often end up saving you more money in the long run.
Ready To Buy The Best AC Unit For Your Home?
So, now that you know how to make the right choice when it comes to your AC unit, you're probably wondering who you can rely on for the best products on the market!
That's where we come in.
We sell only the top-quality air conditioning units for your home, office, or apartment.
No matter what you're looking for, we likely have it in stock!
To get started on ordering your AC unit before the first heat wave of the summer hits, check out our website. Feel free to contact Four Seasons Trading Company with any questions.