Comparing AC Units

Choosing the right AC unit for your home can be confusing, as many people know little about how air conditioning works or the differences between various systems. At AC Guys Cooling and Heating Services, we want to make sure you find the unit that best fits your needs. To help you choose, we’ve prepared this overview of two common types of AC units:

AC units

1. Split System

The split system model is the most popular type of AC unit in the U.S. A split system consists of an indoor evaporator coil that removes heat and moisture from the air, then sends it to the outdoor condenser coil where that heat and moisture are released into the atmosphere. Connecting the two elements is the compressor, which is typically located with the condenser coil in the same metal case, and which circulates refrigerant between them. Back inside, the blower circulates the cooled air through the house via a system of ducts.

2. Ductless Mini-split System

A variation on the split system is the ductless mini-split system. As its name suggests, the difference between the two units is that a ductless mini-split system is designed to cool spaces without a system of ducts. The compressor and condenser coil setup remain the same, but the evaporator coil is housed in a small unit mounted on the wall. You might assume that without ducts, the cool air couldn’t disperse far enough to cool the whole house, and that’s partially true; however, mini-split systems can accommodate multiple evaporator units in multiple rooms.

Both of these AC units have pros and cons, but both will require professional installation. Call our team at AC Guys Cooling and Heating Services when you’re ready for your new AC unit, or if you want more information before you decide. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, and we offer free estimates on replacement system options.