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Types of Air Conditioners

air conditioning units installed next to windows in large building

The experts at Stan’s have seen their fair share of air conditioners. You might be surprised at how many different kinds of AC there are. That’s why we have compiled this handy list for you to look through.

We’re able to service almost any kind of AC unit. If you’ve got problems with a unit and it’s not even on this list, contact your HVAC maintenance team at Stan’s and let us help you make everything a bit cooler.

Central Air Conditioning Units

Central AC is one of the most common forms of air conditioning on the market. Central air conditioners are large units located on the outside of a house that pump in cool air through complex layers of ductwork. The majority of the machinery remains outside, leaving your home noise free.

If you live in a home or office complex built within the last 30 years, chances are you are outfitted with a Central AC unit. They are easy to service and are located far enough away from the house to not be a burden to the homeowner.

Room Air Conditioning Units

These units are the standard window-mounted units you’ve seen in apartments, hotel rooms, or small houses. They are a self-sufficient unit that work independently of any other cooling units you may have in your house. Typically, room AC units are used to cool only 1-3 rooms, as their range does not reach into the far corners of your home.

The unit is separated into two sections: the cooling unit and the unit which creates the cool air. The cooling unit puts out the air into the room. The unit that creates the cool air takes air from the environment around it, places it in through a coil to introduce coolant, and injects it into your home.

Evaporative Air Conditioning Units

If you live in a hot and dry climate, an evaporative AC unit is the right model for you. Many other HVAC units count on moisture already being in the air, where they can latch coolant into the moisture and create cool air. But in dry climates, there is little water vapor contained within the air.

An evaporative unit creates moisture inside of the machine, then reintroduces it into the home. This allows for a thorough cooling of the inside of the home while the outside remains hot and dry. Those who already live in humid areas should not use evaporative models, as the machine depends on evaporating the air around it to function.

Ductless Air Conditioner Mini Splits

A ductless AC mini split system is a more energy efficient option for those who do not have an HVAC installed in their home. Instead of having to get your home retrofitted for thorough airflow, installing a ductless AC mini split system can give you cool air throughout your house using fewer resources.

Instead of relying on an intricate grid of ductwork, a mini split system installs an evaporator in each room. Each evaporator connects to an outside condenser, where the cool air is derived from. The cool air is then funneled into the home using very little effort.

Packaged Air Conditioning Unit

These brands of HVAC units are also found as window or ductless mini splits. A packaged unit comes with every single piece ready to assemble in one easy package. You simply open the container the unit is in and begin putting it together. Once you are done, you will have a working air conditioner.

This is far better than central air or any other units which rely on ductwork. You get the portability of a self-contained unit along with the strength of a central AC unit. Package units are very easy-to-use in terms of time invested and in terms of output.

Split System Air Conditioners

A split system AC unit consists of two separate units: the hot coil section and the cold coil section. The hot coil section is placed outside and functions by dissipating any heat that comes into it. These are very loud and bulky units, which is why they are often placed outside.

The cool coil section uses an evaporator and a blower along with the cold coil. This system then blows cool air into a duct system, which is then sent to the far reaches of the entire building. Both of these units working together create a very thorough cooling of every room.