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Options When It’s Time for an AC Replacement

question-mark-badgeYou’ve weighed the decision about whether you should continue to repair your home’s ailing air conditioning system or have a new one put in. You’ve talked to our professionals, and made the choice: you’re ready for an air conditioning replacement in Raleigh, NC.

What next?

Now you have to find out what type of air conditioner you want for a replacement. It isn’t a straightforward choice, because there is a larger variety of possible replacements than before. You’ll want our HVAC technicians’ expertise for help making the ideal selection, but we’ll give you a head start by going through the list of options.

Central Air Conditioning

I.e. the standard split system air conditioning unit. This is probably the current type of air conditioning system you’re using. It consists of indoor and outdoor units, with the outdoor unit containing the compressor and condenser coil, and the indoor unit housing the evaporator coil and air handler. The air handler sends cooled air into a ventilation system. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with this kind of AC if it works for you—although we recommend upgrading to one with higher energy efficiency.

Ductless Air Conditioning

Ducts are no longer necessary for quality air conditioning spread around a home. A ductless air conditioning system takes the split system configuration and divides up the indoor unit into multiple smaller units, each with its own coil and blower. These units are placed on the walls in rooms so the cool air is blown straight into the living space without using ducts. A ductless air conditioner helps to save money, removes space-eating ducts, and offers automatic zone control.

Heat Pumps

The word heat in heat pump may make you hesitate. But technically, any air conditioning system is a type of heat pump, since it pumps heat from one location (the interior of a house) to another (the exterior). When referring to a specific type comfort system, a heat pump is essentially a split system air conditioner that can switch the direction it moves heat. This means a system capable of working as an air conditioner and heater. If you are thinking about replacing your aging furnace as well, a heat pump is a terrific option, solving two comfort concerns at once. Ductless systems also function as heat pumps, so you have that option.

Packaged HVAC Units

This is a type of HVAC system predominantly used for commercial buildings. But for smaller homes it can serve a purpose. Instead of housing the components necessary for air conditioning in two units, one indoors and one outdoors, a packaged HVAC unit contains all the components in a single outdoor cabinet connected through ducts into the home’s ventilation system.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Here’s an excellent choice for a heat pump that goes an extra step with reliability and energy efficiency, although it requires a bigger initial investment. A geothermal heat pump uses the stable temperature of the ground below the frost line as a source for heat or as a heat sink for cooling. Geothermal systems are reliable and perform at levels of energy efficiency that will help them pay off their installation costs within 7 to 10 years—and they can last sometimes for more than 50 years!

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