How Do I Choose the Right Air Conditioner for My Home?

How Do I Choose the Right Air Conditioner for My Home?

The best AC unit for a home depends on many variables. Below are some common situations and the best AC unit options for each.

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I need whole-home comfort

If you are looking for a whole-home solution, you have several options. If your home has existing ductwork or you wish to install ducts, an air conditioner or heat pump can deliver the cooling you need. Without ducts, a ductless cooling system may be a viable option to provide cooling throughout your home.

I need heating and cooling

The best AC units for both heating and cooling would be a heat pump or a ductless air conditioner with built-in heating. Heat pumps deliver cooling by extracting heat from the home, but when temperatures are cooler outdoors, they can provide heat by working in reverse. Heat is extracted from the outdoor air and moved into your home.

Ductless systems that are paired with heat pumps work the same way, in reverse to provide heating to the zones they serve. Ductless air conditioners are available with base pan heaters to provide warmth to individual areas when needed.

My home doesn’t have ducts

If your home is not equipped with ductwork and you cannot or do not want to install a duct system, the best AC unit for your home would be a ductless air conditioner. Ductless air conditioners do not need ducts to deliver cooling. Air handlers are installed directly within your living spaces to produce cooling for individual zones. Single outdoor units can support multiple air handlers throughout your home depending on the system’s configuration.

I want zoned cooling

Each of these air conditioning systems can provide zoned cooling when configured correctly. Ductless air conditioners are an easy and affordable way to gain zoned cooling, as each air handler is installed within an area and serves the comfort needs of just that area.

Heat pumps and air conditioners can be configured with a zoning system to provide individual comfort for your living areas. A zoning system uses a network of dampers installed within the ductwork to regulate airflow to each area of the home. Individual thermostats allow users to control conditions in each zone of the home.

I want to keep energy costs low

Heat pumps are one of the best AC units for a home when energy costs are a concern. These units are highly efficient and use very little electricity to produce a high cooling output. They also offer affordable, efficient heating in the wintertime for a year-round comfort solution.

Air conditioners with high SEER ratings can also help keep your cooling bills under control. While the federal minimum SEER rating is 13 or 14 depending on where you live, high-efficiency air conditioners are available up to 26 SEER for maximum energy control.

If you have questions about which system is best for your home, contact us as Premier Air Heating and Cooling. We would be happy to come out and take a look at your home and provide you with the options that would best suit your needs and the various price points to help you match your budget. Call our office at (406) 333-0177 or email michelle@premierairmt.com with any questions!

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