With the weather getting warmer, many of us are firing up air conditioning units that haven’t been used in many months. Maybe those air conditioners aren’t working as well as they used to. Or maybe it’s time to look into more energy efficient ways of cooling your house. If that’s the case, this article may be able to help you out. Here are some cooling options you may want to look into.
Central Air Conditioners: Central air conditioners cool the entire house. They work through a large compressor unit which is located outside the house. These units drive the process so that an indoor coil filled with refrigerant cools that air. The cooled air is distributed throughout the house through air ducts. New regulations are in place to ensure that central cooling systems are working within acceptable energy efficiency standards.
Room Air Conditioners: Typically mounted in windows, these units are designed to cool just one room. Although they are cheaper than central units, you may have to buy several of them to cool the whole house. Air conditioners are Energy Star rated so you can reference the rating to see how energy efficient each unit is.
Evaporative Coolers: Evaporative coolers work by pulling air in through moist pads. Air is then cooled by evaporation. These units can save up to 75% on cooling costs since the only component that relies on electricity is the fan. They also add moisture to the atmosphere, making them ideal for dry climates.
Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners: Like central air conditioning, these air conditioners are also powered by an outdoor unit. However, each room has its own air handler, making it easy to control temperature in individual rooms. Because this air conditioner does not rely on duct work, there is less loss of energy. However, they do cost more than other air conditioning options. You may want to speak to an expert to see if savings in energy might make up for this expense.
Ventilation Cooling Systems
These are state of the art cooling systems designed to save energy in hot climates. It works as a whole house fan, air conditioner and water heater. It draws in as much cool air as needed to keep the house comfortable. The air conditioning will kick in only when necessary. In winter, it converts water heater supplies to the air to heat the house.
Those looking into air conditioning options for the coming summer months may want to do a bit of research before purchasing. Speak to an expert at electrical supply stores where appliances are sold. If you choose an electrical supply online option, you may want to speak to a customer representative to make sure you are purchasing a product to suit your needs. Here’s wishing you a cool and energy efficient summer.