There are many different options to choose from when selecting an air conditioner for your home. Whether you are replacing an existing unit or performing a new installation, it is essential to choose the option that will work best for you. Lawes Company can help you make the right choice for your home.
At Lawes Company, you will be able to consult with NATE certified technicians. Our technicians fully understand cooling technology, and what will best meet your needs. We will keep you within your spending budget, while also helping you save on energy costs with an energy efficient unit. Our staff consists of only the best technicians, who always strive to provide exceptional service. By working with us, you will be able to experience friendly, professional service and honest prices. Our service area includes Shrewsbury, NJ and the neighboring regions. Call us today and schedule a free consultation for your home.
AC Solutions: Ductless AC Units, Window AC Units or Central Air Conditioners?
Shopping for air conditioning systems is confusing. There are many options on the market today. However, three basic air conditioning options are the most popular — mini-split ductless air conditioners, window air conditioners, and central air conditioners. Each of these systems has pros and cons. Therefore, it is essential to consult with Lawes Company when choosing a unit.
Ductless Air Conditioners
Ductless or mini-split ductless air conditioner units are a great cooling option. They do not utilize air ducts and are easy to install. The system’s two major components consist of an air handler and an evaporator. During installation, the HVAC tech places the evaporator on an inner wall and the condenser outdoors. These two units are connected via electrical power cables and refrigerant tubing.
The ease and flexibility of installation are two of the reasons why ductless units are so popular. The HVAC technician can install the air handler out of the way indoors, such as high up on a wall. Ducts are not required, so you do not have to go to the effort or expense of installing ducts. As such, these systems are a good option for small zones, or areas where the existing ductwork cannot reach. The flexibility of these units means you can add as many zones as your home requires.
The energy efficiency of a ductless unit is another reason for their popularity. These air conditioners can cool just a single zone at a time, which can result in more efficient operation. When leaving a room, you can turn off the unit, resulting in only cooling the zone or zones that are in use. These unit do not experience the energy losses that are common with window units or central systems, and ductless air conditioner units have higher SEER ratings. They also make it easy to improve indoor air quality, due to their sophisticated filtration systems. Of course, it is important to have these units installed by a competent HVAC technician.
Window AC Units
Many people choose a window air conditioner unit because of price and the simplicity of installation. You can place these units in a window or an exterior wall to cool a room.
However, these units also have many disadvantages that you should consider. They are generally designed to cool a single small room. If you need to cool multiple areas, you will likely need a window unit for each room which can end up being quite costly. These units are also not an option for rooms that do not have a window in which to install them.
Noise is also a problem with window units. They make a lot of noise because the evaporator and condenser are both in the same unit. Also, since these units are installed directly into a window, they can block a lot of natural light. In the case of a room with only a single window, using one of these units could mean needing to use artificial lighting within the room, even during the daytime, further adding to your energy costs. Also, these units are incredibly inefficient. They do not provide the comfort that is necessary during the hot weather, considering their high prices to operate.
Unfortunately, window air conditioners can also pose health and security risks. These units produce condensation, which can lead to the formation and buildup of mold. Mold spores are very dangerous to one’s health and definitely lower the quality of the indoor air. Breathing indoor air contaminated with mold spores is quite detrimental to one’s health. Also, the fact that homeowners place these units in a window makes them an inherent security risk. These units can be easily removed from the window by a thief, providing easy access to your home.
In the long run, window units are not the bargain their low purchase prices makes them appear to be. Ductless or central air conditioning systems better serve homeowners who are searching for the best air conditioning options.
Central Air Conditioners
Within the United States, central air conditioning systems are the most popular choice. Their reliability and efficiency make it easy to maintain a comfortable, consistent temperature within the home year-round.
The ductwork required for these systems is used for both heating and cooling the home. The filtration system is quite robust, thus improving the quality of indoor air. For a house that already has ductwork installed for heating, adding a central air conditioner can be quite cost-efficient.
However, it is important to remember that these systems do require an elaborate duct system. This ductwork needs maintenance and cleaning so that bacteria and mold do not build up. These systems are designed to cool the entire house, including rooms that are rarely in use. The cooling of unused space equates to wasted energy and money. Central air conditioner units are sized to cool the entire home, so shutting the vents to unused rooms will result in stress to the unit and improper cooling. Therefore, closing vents is not an option. Energy losses also occur due to cooled air escaping through the ducts.
However, in spite of these “cons,” there are plenty of “pros” to choosing a central unit. These units provide maximum home comfort and high-quality indoor air. However, they do not provide the level of control, enhanced support and energy efficiency of a ductless air conditioner.
Shrewsbury Air Conditioner Installation
You can count on the Lawes Company to provide affordable, trusted HVAC services for your residential or commercial properties.
We provide exceptional service, whether we are installing a new unit or servicing an existing HVAC system. Our service is second to none, and we offer the best prices and installation value.
Call us today if you are considering an AC installation, or if your existing unit requires service. We will be happy to tell you more about the services we offer or you can schedule a free in-home consultation.
We will take the time to answer all of your questions, and help you choose the best solution for your cooling needs. Call us today!
Some of the areas we service include Eatontown, Fort Monmouth, Oceanport, Shrewsbury and these zip codes: 07724, 07703, 07757, 07702 as well as all surrounding areas in Monmouth County, New Jersey.