Types of AC for Home

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If you are living in an area where it’s dry and hot, you might have realized how important it is to adopt a home climate control technology to live in a more comfortable place regardless of the climate condition. In this article, we will discuss different types of AC for home to help you to choose the best one depending on your personal preference.

Types of AC for Home - Benefits of Each 

The different types of AC for home include central air conditioning, ductless mini-split, swamp cooler, window AC and more.

Different Types of Residential AC Units

Central Air

A central air conditioning unit offers a whole-house comfort and uses a split system to circulate air through the ductwork. This system comes with two primary units. When the outdoor component consists of the compressor and condenser, the indoor houses the air handler and evaporator coils. Central air units supply cool air to all your rooms. Also, they remove humidity to some extent. The downside is that they use a lot of energy. Air quality might be compromised if you do not choose a quality product and don’t take the proper measures to ensure it works better.

Ductless Mini-Split

You will not find much difference between a ductless mini-split and standard central air unit. The difference is that it operates more efficiently and quietly. The indoor houses air handlers and outdoor houses compressor. The air handles are connected to the compressor with drainage tubes, power cables, and refrigerant. Mini-splits normally accommodate around four handles. These handles are connected to the outdoor compressor. The benefit is that these are easy to install and energy efficient as well. You can also add one without ductwork. The downside is the size. These are larger and easily visible. Also, a ductless mini-split is expensive.

Swamp Cooler

Swamp coolers, popular as evaporative coolers, are a different type of cooler. It does not use refrigerant. Instead, it uses damp pads. This system adds humidity in the air, unlike other systems. The key benefit is energy efficiency. If you are living in a dry climate, then you can go with this option. It will add much-needed moisture to the air. When it comes to the downside, the cooling ability will be compromised with the rise of the humidity level.

Window AC

Window AC has all the components that you will find in central units that include a fan, refrigerator, compressor, refrigerant, and evaporating coils. But these systems are available in different sizes and can be mounted in your window. These are less expensive and do not demand added ductwork. However, window systems are a bit noisy.

Wall-Mounted AC

Wall-mounted AC units are installed on your wall instead of windows. These are affordable and offer secure installation. Although, you might not like the appearance of them.

Portable AC

These are small in size and come with a specific design to move easily. The design needs a flexible duct to be connected to the units through wall, window, and door. These are easy to move and cooling can be customized.


These are some popular types of AC for home. You can choose any of them while considering the price, design, install requirements, and your climate. Go through all the features to make a smart decision. For example, if you are looking for something portable and easy usage, you can go with a portable AC to make your home feel colder.


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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Jennifer Stone very good report about types of AC for home.

Jun 04, 2019 02:21 PM #1
Leif Price
Chirpy Home - Portland, OR
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Different home ACs for different needs and wants of home owners. Very informative.

Jun 04, 2019 06:32 PM #2
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