Summer is fast approaching and the heat levels in the city may rise again. People will want to take second showers every day or confine themselves inside the house and turn on the air conditioning. But wait, you don't have an air conditioner? Fret not. Here is a list of the types of air conditioning systems to choose from before heading out to the dealer store and purchasing a unit.
- Window-Type Air Conditioning. This is the most common type of air condition unit, usually used in small rooms and homes. In this type of air conditioning, all the parts--the compressor, condenser, coil, and evaporating and cooling coil (or the refrigeration mechanism)--are housed in a single box that can be fitted through a hole made in the wall. This is the most practical and economical among all the types of air conditioning, and installation is a breeze. However, it may produce loud noises in the long run and it has limited cooling power.
- Split-Type Air Conditioning. As its name suggests, this type of air conditioning is "split" into two parts: the outdoor and the indoor unit. The outdoor unit usually consists of the compressor, condenser and heating valve. The indoor unit, on the other hand, houses the evaporator and the cooling fan. Cold air is transported to the indoor unit from the one outside by a tube. With this type of air conditioning, you don't have to make a hole in the wall, as it would fit perfectly near the ceiling of the room. This type can power one to two rooms per unit.
- Packaged Air Conditioner. Packaged air conditioners are used to fill up two or more rooms at a time. It is similar to the window-type air conditioning in that all of the heating and cooling components are typically housed in a single box. However, this type requires no hole in the wall and may come in a size that's a bit large.
- Portable Air Conditioner. Portable air conditioners are small-type air conditioning systems used to provide ventilation to a small room. These air conditioners have wheels at the foot so that they can be easily moved around. This is ideal for people who don't use air conditioning that much and for those who would require ventilation in other rooms of the house as well.
- Central Air Conditioning System. If you want to cool down an entire office floor or building, then the central air conditioning system is the right type for you. Usually the large compressors and condensers are placed outside the building, while air seeps out through valves and gaps made in the walls or ceilings of the office. This is very practical for offices because they provide cooling with only a relatively small amount of power (compared to installing window-type or split-type air conditioners in every office or room).
As always, it's best to identify the purpose of your air conditioning unit before purchasing one. See if it will fit in your house. Also check for the horsepower and the electricity it consumes to be sure that you get value for your money without having to spend an arm and a leg to simply foot the electric bill.