Types of Air Conditioners For Homes You Should Know About

Types of Air Conditioners For Homes You Should Know About

In Arizona and most parts of the US, having air conditioning in your home is a must. The benefits of air new conditioning systems make purchasing a new one a very important process. Air conditioning systems help you control temperature, air quality, humidity, and overall comfort in your home. There are various types of air conditioning systems on the market and selecting the right type of system for your home can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, Howard Air is here to help you select the system that is best for your home or business. We’ve been doing this since 1977, and we’re happy to help you make a decision that you feel confident in for years to come.

Let’s look at the types of air conditioners you should be aware of when shopping for a new unit.

Types Of Central Air Conditioners

Central air conditioning systems, better known as central A/C, are systems in which air is cooled at a central location and distributed to and from rooms by fans through the ductwork. The operation of the system’s compressor is what makes the whole process of air conditioning possible:

● Package Central Air Conditioners

● Split-System Central Air Conditioners

The main difference between these types of systems is the method of operation in which the home is heated. Howard Air helps you choose the right system based on your home applications and needs.

Package Systems

Packaged Central Air Conditioners are a single outdoor unit that house the compressor, condenser, and evaporator. When you buy a Packaged Central Air Conditioner, the most common placement is on the roof of your home, connected to the interior with ducting. In some cases, a package unit may be installed at ground level on a concreate slab.


Unlike Package Systems, the evaporator unit in a Split-System is installed inside your house, typically in the attic, garage or in a utility closet. The compressor and condenser are housed in the outdoor unit. If you require a furnace, it is installed together with the evaporator inside the house.

What To Know Before Installing a Central Air Conditioning System

Like any other major appliance, you need to understand a few things before selecting a new system for your home.

The average cost of installing a new central AC system can range between $10,000 – $20,000, depending on the size and specs of the system, applications and layout of the home, and the manufacturing brand.

Installing a new AC system attracts buyers since many do not like the inconveniences of repairs, or replacement when taking ownership of a home. The value of your property appreciates when more home buyers want it.

You should also understand the right system size for your home and assess your home air conditioning needs before the installation. This assessment helps you avoid installing a system that is undersized, or oversized , which can lead to several costly repairs and escalated utility bills. If you live in the metro Phoenix area, you can schedule a free-estimate survey with our Design Consultants online.

Furthermore, you also need to understand that fixing central AC is considered a major equipment upgrade. If you are a tenant, you will require your landlord’s approval.

Mini-Split/Ductless Air Conditioners

A mini-split or ductless AC system offers relief to homeowners that have no ductwork. The mini-split AC comes with a single outdoor condenser that feeds different air handlers in the interior.

Benefits Of Mini-Split Air Conditioners

Flexibility: the mini-split AC allows you to install up to four air handlers in different rooms. Different air handler’s make it possible to set separate temperatures in each room.

Can Lower your Energy Bills: since you do not need ductwork, mini-split AC system’s help you cut your energy consumption.

Great for Garages, Workshops, Guest houses, Home Offices/Gyms – fully control your environment in your special area of the home.

What To Know Before Installing A Ductless Mini-Split System

Ductless air conditioners are believed to be an easy install. However, the average cost of scope of work leading up to installation may exceed what most consumers have in mind. The average cost of installing a single mini-split system ranges between $6,000-$12,000. Installing additional air handlers for separate rooms will increase the cost considerably.

Learn More About the Best Air Conditioners for Your Arizona Home

There are several air conditioning systems available today. Each system has its benefits and special functions. When looking for ac units for homes, you should understand the pros and cons, but your HVAC installer will help you select the best option for your home or business. Depending on your air conditioning needs, budget, and location size, you can install a central split, package, or ductless mini-split system.

At Howard Air, we understand that each homeowner and tenant have unique needs. Our 45+ years of experience in air conditioning and purification have helped us provide the best solutions in the valley. We recommend that all our clients schedule free estimate appointments with our Design Consultants before deciding on a specific system. To get the right air conditioning system for your home or business, or to have an existing one repaired, schedule an appointment online today or call our office 480-508-9866.

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