Comparing Air Conditioning Technology
How To Keep Your Cool in Rhode Island This Summer Without Breaking the Bank
Is your air conditioner is costing you a pretty penny without keeping you cool? If so, it’s time to rethink the possibilities. Replacing that ancient cooling system with a high-efficiency unit will keep your Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts home comfortably cool and save you money on energy costs too.
Window Air Conditioners
A window AC unit is a simple way to cool a room. Just make sure that the unit fits snugly into your window. Window cooling systems are cheaper than other air conditioners, and you can install one yourself with basic tools and know-how. Window units are also portable, so if you move, you can take the system with you.
Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners
Ductless mini split systems can cool one room or a whole house. Going ductless is an excellent way to keep cool if your home has no ductwork. A mini-split air conditioner will cost more to purchase and install than a window unit, but your cooling costs over time will be lower. Ductless air conditioners have an outdoor unit and up to four indoor units. The indoor units are mounted on the wall, and because each unit has its own thermostat, you cool only the rooms you use. Installation requires only a small hole in the wall through which to run a tube that connects the indoor and outdoor units.
Ductless air conditioners do not rely on ductwork, so you won’t be losing cooled air through leaks and cracks in the ducts. This can save a bundle on cooling costs. According to Energy.gov, duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for air conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned location such as an attic.
Central Air Conditioners
A central air conditioner works with your heating system to provide year-round indoor comfort. A central AC system has an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. It distributes cooled air throughout your home via a system of ducts that it shares with you heater. Packaged air conditioners are one-piece cooling units that are installed outside on the ground or on the roof. Packaged systems can deliver only cooling or they can provide both cooling and heating. Although both central air conditioning systems are energy-efficient, split systems have higher SEER ratings than packaged units.
Heat pumps are similar to ductless mini split systems, but they provide heating as well as cooling. Heat pumps are very efficient systems, but they only work well in mild climates. However, a geothermal heat pump will effectively heat and cool a home even under conditions of extreme cold. Geothermal heat pumps cost more to purchase and install, but they are also the most efficient heating and cooling systems on the planet.
Want to learn more about keeping your Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts home comfortably cool this summer while saving a bundle on energy costs? The crew at Dupuis Oil has been providing home energy services since 1898!