17 Jun HVAC vs Air Conditioners
The air temperature inside our homes is rarely perfect. The summer heat will often follow you inside. And the winter cold will freeze your toes as you sleep. Our homes are insulated and sturdy, but the outside temperatures are almost impossible to keep out.
This is why we have air conditioners. Those of use in Tennessee are aware that the summers can get downright oppressive. Extreme heat and humidity can make it impossible to get comfortable. And if these temperatures follow you into your home, you’re going to have a lot of problems.
The good news is that air conditioners are a great way to keep the inside of your home comfortable, even if it feels like a sauna outside. But not all homes are the same. And not all air conditioners are the same. There are a variety of styles and affordances, so how do you know which one is best for you?
Here are a few of the most common ways to cool your home, how they differ, and what they can do for you.
Portable Air Conditioner
These are small units that look similar to household dehumidifiers. They are standalone units that are used to cool down the temperature within a room. It cycles in the warm air, cools it down, and blows it back into the room. At the same time, many units include a hose that you can run out of a window. The unit sucks in warm air and blows it through the hose and out of the window.
These units are good for cooling small areas. They can be useful for cooling a singular bedroom, perhaps if you lived in a shared area and couldn’t cool the entire place. Their portability allows them to be moved around if you should go somewhere that might not have air conditioning.
Their ease of use and portability don’t make up for the fact that they are essentially bandaids on a larger problem. You won’t be able to cool your entire home with a portable unit. So even though they might be handy in certain situations, they have their limitations.
Most of us have seen window air conditioner units before. They sit in open windows and generally take up the lower half of the space. Window units look like small boxes with accordion holders on either side to fill out the remaining width of the window opening. They operate much like the portable units in that they are able to cool a singular room, it cycles out the warm air, and blows in cold air.
And again like portable units, these window units have limits. They work fairly well at cooling a singular room but are not a legitimate means of cooling an entire home. Larger spaces provide too much of a challenge for these units and they aren’t able to efficiently cool the air in a noticeable way.
However, they are generally much cheaper than more extensive air conditioning systems so they are a great option for those on a budget.
Ductless Air Conditioner
Ductless air conditioners are mounted directly into the wall. They are generally suitable for smaller spaces such as offices or one-bedroom apartments. These inside units are connected to an outside compressor, much like a central cooling system. The compressors are occasionally connected to as many as four separate wall units inside the home. These wall units are not connected to each other, which is where the “ductless” designation comes from.
However, the multiple units allow for the ability to cool more than one area at a time. Each unit will have its own temperature control settings. This is a great option for those that need to cool a fairly small area and don’t want the investment that comes along with a central cooling system.
A central HVAC system will be able to do much more than cool every room in your home. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. That means that your home will be comfortable no matter what time of year it is.
An outside unit does all the work of conditioning the outside air. It is then pumped through a series to ducts into vents in each room. These systems are controlled by an internal thermostat that can switch between heating and cooling. Many thermostats allow the user to program specific times and temperatures throughout the day.
These are the top of the line systems to guarantee personal comfort for everyone in your home. The investment is a little larger upfront, but the payoff is well worth it. A central HVAC system can help you make it through humid and hot Tennessee summers in a comfortable home.