What was once viewed as an unnecessary expenditure for the home has become an actual necessity, and air conditioning systems have come a long way, now able to cool and heat the house as needed. For most homeowners, air conditioning is now a standard, especially suitable for new-build properties. Even just a single summer spent in sweltering heat has convinced consumers that an air conditioning system is vital for their abodes – and with summers getting hotter than ever, a lot of people are making the investment. But not all units and systems are the right fit for every home – you have to consider several factors and options before making your choice. Here, then, is your absolute guide to the different kinds of AC systems you can have in your home.
- The portable AC unit
This is arguably the simplest form of air conditioning you can have, and it’s about the same size as a bin for your kitchen. You can plug it into a socket in the wall and move it around your home. Of course, you would need to install a duct on a window so the warm air can be expelled outside, and you also need a container that captures the condensation.
- Completely-installed AC units
You can also opt for whole AC units that require installation, and these come with two components, as readily confirmed by the specialists in air conditioning in Brighton from Sub-Cool FM. So you will have a unit with a fan outdoors and another unit or component connected to it, which is indoors. It is the unit that can deliver the cooler air to your rooms. Your indoor component can consist of a bolt-in receptacle or box that you can install on your wall, or you can choose a ceiling unit or a duct above your wardrobe or a door. Systems with indoor and outdoor components are also referred to as split-type air conditioning systems.
Your choice in installed AC systems
If you are keener on having an installed system rather than a portable AC unit, you can choose from different configurations for your indoor component/unit. You can opt for a high unit on the wall that’s about the size of several shoe boxes, or you can choose to have lower wall units that look like radiators. You can decide to have ceiling cassette units or slim-duct units that you can position on the ceiling or house in boxes with grills above wardrobes/cupboards or near your home’s doors. If you select a unit with ducts, it can blow the air through various ducts, and it comes with dampers to control each room individually.
Domestic-use air conditioning also comes in simple AC systems for single rooms or split or multiple-split systems that can distribute cooled air to different rooms, with a unit for each room all connected to a single unit outdoors.
A typical system can cost approximately £250 if you go for a portable AC with no installation required. However, if you choose a split-type system, it can begin at £300 (for the system’s materials for a single room) to about £1500 for each room if you opt for a multiple-split type system.