Let’s face it. It’s pretty unrealistic to live without air conditioning in Arizona, especially during the summer months when it’s not uncommon for temperatures to climb above 110 degrees daily. On top of the heat, dust storms are common in this area during the warmer months, which also makes leaving windows open for any moving air pretty impractical. So yes, we would highly suggest investing in some sort of air conditioning system. But before you head to your local home improvement store and pick up a few window units or dump your savings into a completely new home AC system, let’s talk about the different types of air conditioning units so we can figure out which is best for your home or business.
Window Air Conditioning Units
We’ll start with the classic window unit. These can be purchased from pretty much anywhere. Amazon, retail stores, home improvement stores, etc. The pricing of window units tends to be anywhere from $200 to $800 per unit. Yes, that’s a huge price difference, and you might be wondering how much difference in quality you’re receiving at different price points. These air conditioners work by an exhaust system that pulls the hot air outside while pushing chilled air inside. Seemingly simple. These types of units are common for apartments and small homes. One of the advantages of having a window unit is that you can remove them from the windows during the cooler months, which saves space. You can also transfer them to different windows pretty easily, which makes them versatile. One disadvantage to these types of units is the lack of lighting. A window AC unit will block light from entering your room, so depending on where the unit is/how much light you like coming in your windows, this might be a downside. In addition, it’s worthwhile to note that window ACs aren’t energy efficient for larger homes and they can be a bit noisy.
Central Air Conditioning
A central air unit is probably a little more common here in Arizona. For anyone living in an average to larger-sized home, these are much more convenient than window units because they will cool down every room in your house. These are also known to be the most effective form of air conditioning units. They work by using a cooling compressor, which will be located somewhere on the property outside of the home. This cools the air, and then by the use of fans and air ducts, the air gets distributed throughout the home. Hot air is then pushed outside through the return ducts. This might seem like the most practical form of air conditioning, and in many ways it is. However, depending on your lifestyle and where exactly you live, installing these units can be very pricey initially.
Ductless Split System Air Conditioning
This type of AC unit works by delivering cooler air to different “zones” of the home or business. You might install this sort of system if you are living in an older home that was built without ducts. It’s called a split system because it is mainly comprised of two parts, one outside of the home or business which works to condense the air and the other mounted on a wall(s) inside, which works to blow out the cooled air primarily in the areas the owner wants to be cooled. An extreme advantage to this type of unit is that they can cool each room to different temperatures. However, you are paying for convenience. These types of units can cost more than installing a central air system.
Through-the-wall Air Conditioners
Similar to a window unit, these types of units exhaust the warm air and in turn release cooler air into the rooms. Unlike window units, they are mounted permanently and cannot be removed or transferred interchangeably. You can install a window unit on your own, however, through-the-wall units typically need to be installed by a professional since you will ultimately be cutting through the walls in order to install them. Depending on your home or business, these types of AC units are great if you want to keep costs low but don’t have the window space. Although they are trickier to install, these types of units tend to be more efficient (aka more cost-effective!) because they are sealed into your walls, versus (potentially) teetering in your window frame.
More common here in the Southwest, evaporative coolers work to cool the air by using only water. They work by using the evaporation process. When air passes over (or through) water, the air is then cooled. Evaporative coolers work by pulling any water vapor out of the air, which causes the air to cool by using much less energy (and money!) than any other AC system would. However, you need to live primarily in an environment that is hot and dry (perfect for the Phoenix Valley) versus hot and humid. These types of units also do not emit carbon dioxide into the air which makes one a great investment if you are trying to be as eco-conscious as possible!
Becoming a bit more popular these days, geothermal cooling is another eco-friendly way of cooling your home or business. A few feet down into the ground (around 5 feet), the Earth actually maintains a somewhat constant temperature year-round, no matter what your location or weather is. Geothermal cooling applies this idea to its system. It works by installing a pump into the ground, which then transfers water through your home and the Earth itself. The heat from your home or business gets pulled out, through the ground, and in return, the cooler air will be transferred through. Although these systems can cost a lot to install, they can cut energy bills significantly and last for a long time.
Contact Us For Your Air Conditioning Needs
After reading through, don’t be too overwhelmed. Air conditioning units are important investments here in Arizona and we want to make sure you have all the details before purchasing or changing out your cooling systems.
We pride ourselves on being Trane Comfort Specialists, and exclusively sell only Trane products. With over 120 years of experience in the business, Trane products are quality-tested even to the last detail and are built to withstand even the toughest conditions. If you have any questions about which system might be right for your home or business or you need an installation, please don’t hesitate to call us at 480-428-0600.