The three types of air conditioning systems
Central air conditioning
Central air conditioning is a system that cools and heats air from a central location before redistributing the airflow across multiple rooms through fans and air ducts. Commonly found in newer builds, this type of AC needs ducts to be built into the existing infrastructure. While possible in older buildings, it can be a pretty sizable job and one that’s often best to avoid.
Some may counter this argument, pointing to higher energy efficiency rates. Nevertheless, the upfront costs will likely outweigh any long-term economic benefits. After all, duct installation isn’t cheap. For these reasons, installing a central air conditioner can provide big logistical problems.
But not all hope is lost. Choosing a central air conditioner comes with various benefits:
- They’re suitable for new-builds.
- They’re energy efficient.
- They’re effective and quiet during operation.
All in all, for those undertaking a complete renovation of a property or are a larger size business with a limitless budget, a central air conditioning system may just hit the mark.
Split air conditioning
Split air conditioners, otherwise known as ductless AC units, are known for their high-efficiency cooling mechanisms. They’re regarded as the most popular of all the air conditioning units, and for good reason too.
By connecting an outside unit to mini hubs inside the building, these systems can deliver cool air to wherever it’s needed most. There are lots of advantages to this innovative design. For starters, the sleek wall-mounted units allow each room to be climate-controlled for maximum flexibility. Also, the installation of this unit is a simple job. It requires only a small hole to be cut through a wall to connect the units, eliminating the need for any large structural work.
Yet, there are downsides too. The most obvious being the high initial costs. Split air conditioners are suited for heavy-duty environments such as large workspaces, factories, and warehouses due to their ability to deliver extensive, reliable cooling throughout the building. They are also very popular amongst smaller workspaces such as offices too. The systems can be installed with different power outputs allowing them to be used amongst a diverse amount of room sizes.
There are many more benefits for larger facilities:
- They’re energy efficient.
- They come with cooling and heating benefits.
- Installation is quick and easy.
- They’re extra quiet and low profile.
- They can be installed in all RAL colours.
Yes, at the top of the list sits efficiency. Many owners of large buildings, who wish to protect costs and the environment will happily sacrifice some wall space and implement an energy-saving split AC system.
Portable air conditioner
Portable air conditioners are a convenient alternative to larger AC systems designed for cooling smaller areas. Even though the portable unit isn’t as effective or efficient as a central or split AC, it’s a great alternative for property renters or people who frequently move from one property to another. With stylish designs, these systems fit in with the aesthetics of a room. Some also have built-in wheels, making it easier to transport the system from room to room.
It’s a simple, convenient solution. Although, there’s a catch. Portable AC units eject hot air through a separate exhaust on the back of the system. Sure, placing them near a window or semi-opened door might eradicate this problem. But this method will make it less accessible for the user.
On the flip side, the benefits of portable air conditioners include:
- They’re easy to move and control.
- They’re great for those who rent or move often
- They’re initially cheaper than larger systems.
For environments where convenience is king, these air conditioning systems may provide the perfect solution through simple transportation. The initial price tag is an attractive plus as well.