When most people think of air conditioning systems, they think of classic centralized systems, which generate cool air in a single location, then blow it into your home with a fan. They’re safe and effective forms of cooling your home, which is why they’re used so often. But what happens when a household can’t support such a system or it’s not right for their needs?
Thankfully, you have other options. There are alternate forms of air conditioning that can get around any issues caused by traditional centralized systems in your home. And now is an excellent time to install such a system, when the temperatures are still relatively cool. If you’re considering a new system and a centralized model isn’t quite right, consider one of these alternative forms of air conditioning.
A ductless system adopts a more decentralized approach to cooling your home. Instead of one single unit, it entails multiple smaller units space throughout your home. Each one is charged with cooling a single room or section of the home, and each one can be operated independently of the others.
That provides three specific benefits.
- The ability to set different temperatures in different parts of the house means that your family won’t ever squabble over the thermostat settings again. If you want the temperature to be warmer and another family member likes it cooler, you can each set different units in the home to taste!
- By applying that principle more forcefully, you can save a great deal of money on your air conditioning bills. You can turn off the air in parts of the home you’re not using while still running it in parts of the home you are: enjoying the full benefits of cool, comfortable air without paying more than is absolutely necessary.
- No Ducts. And of course, ductless systems allow you to enjoy comprehensive air conditioning without having to rely on a system of ducts!
Heat pumps actually don’t differ much from centralized systems in most ways, and they rely on the same principles to cool the home: circulating refrigerant through a series of valves and coils that first releases heat outside the home, then cools the air inside the unit for distribution inside the home.
But with heat pumps, there’s a twist on the formula. The flow of refrigerant can essentially be “reversed” so that the air outside your home is cool and hot air is released inside your home. That allows the same system to function as a heater and an air conditioner in one.
Furthermore, because the heat is generated largely via the refrigerant, which isn’t consumed the way other types of heating fuel are, it can heat you home for a lower monthly cost. Heat pumps work exceptionally well in parts of the world like ours, which enjoy mild winters and hot summers.
If either of these options sound like a good fit for your home, call on Alexander Air Conditioning, Inc. We provide air conditioning for Panama City Beach and throughout the surrounding area!