This article gives you reviews for different types of air conditioners such as portable, ductless, wall et al.
Most often, people get baffled, while settling on the right AC for home or office. The selection depends upon various factors such as, the area of the space to be cooled, initial cost, power consumption cost and the scope for installation. For instance, a person who intends to use the air conditioner for longer duration, or throughout the year should go for high efficiency systems, since power consumption is economical for these. We will conduct reviews for different types of air conditioning systems, based on the factors discussed above.
Reviews for Central AC
Mid Efficiency Central AC: Mid efficiency central AC uses R-410A as a refrigerant. Central AC efficiency ratings should be at least 13 SEER according to the government directive. Mid efficiency central AC gives up to a maximum of 17 SEER.
The advantages of this air conditioning system are simplicity in installation process, as compared to installing window ACs, weather protected hardware and lower cost to be incurred initially as compared to high efficiency systems. However, it is associated with higher fuel consumption, as compared to high efficiency systems. A mid efficiency central AC would cost you approximately $3500.
High Efficiency Central AC: Initial investment for high efficiency is more, however, power consumption is less and these are equipped with features for energy consumption optimization. On/off cycles are comparatively low for high efficiency central AC systems, as compared to mid range central AC systems. And, these usually come with 2 stage equipment and home air filter. Like mid range units, high efficiency units also use R 410A as refrigerant and give up to 22 SEER. Installing high efficiency central AC units may involve complex duct work. A high efficiency central AC would cost you approximately $4000.
Reviews for Carrier AC
Carrier ACs provide efficiency rating up to 21 SEER and the air conditioning systems by Carrier can be used for commercial and residential purposes. Like other central air conditioning systems, They also use R410A as refrigerant. The features include dual stage operation of air compressor, reduced sound during operation, energy star rating and powder coating for more durability. The residential crop include comfort series, performance series and infinity Carrier air conditioners.
Reviews for Portable AC
Royal Sovereign Portable AC: These are the most popular portable air conditioners. This portable AC comes with a mechanism to lower humidity in the air, i.e, dehumidifier and comes with a remote control. It can cool the area as large as 250 sq. ft and doesn’t create too much noise while operating, however, for sound operation, it needs to be drained through exhaust duct periodically, and is a bit heavy. Royal sovereign ARP1000ES is classified at 10,000 BTU. They will cost you approximately $400-500.
EdgeStar Koldfront Portable AC: These are rated at 8000 BTU and are preferred more for comparatively smaller cooling area. It comes with a digital thermostat, remote control, along with mechanism for reducing humidity. The advantages of Edgestar Koldfront portable AC include relatively smaller size, low cost and easy drainage of water, however, it should be noted that the noise created during operation is a little more and you don’t get a timer with these AC’s. These are available at approximately $350.
Reviews for Ductless AC
Few advantages of ductless air conditioner include, lesser wastage of cold air, versatile design, and ease in installation. You do not need to do any duct work, unlike central air conditioning. It requires a little hole for conduit while hanging the unit on the wall.
Another advantage is less noise during operation, since the compressor is located far from the unit. They provide an option of zonal cooling, which saves power and results in lower operating costs as compared to central AC systems, however, the disadvantage of ductless air conditioning system is high initial cost. Rated at 12,000 BTU, it costs you approximately $1800/Ton.
Reviews for Wall AC
A wall air conditioner is hooked on to the wall at the time of installation. Advanced units can cool the space as large as 1200 sq ft. Features include affordability and flexibility in design. They can be used for residential and commercial purpose, especially during the summer. Economization of space is another advantage associated.
You can install wall air conditions with ease, on any area of the wall. It gives another benefit of power saving by giving you an option to keep windows open for fresh air since, it is not installed on window. The disadvantage is that the process of cutting hole in the wall needs expertise and should be done correctly and the sleeve size should be exactly same as the hole, else it makes the installation complicated.
This article reviewed the different types of ACs in the market. Hopefully, the information in this article has been of use to you.