When it seems like you're having your central air conditioning system repaired every few weeks and your home is uncomfortably warm all summer, it is most likely time to look into your options for air conditioning replacement. While upgrading to a new, modern, more energy-efficient central AC unit is a great option, there are also a few alternatives worth looking into. Here are a few unique options for replacing your air conditioner:
Ductless Mini Split
Ductless mini split systems are rising in popularity because they offer a great mix of energy savings and practicality. Ductless mini splits involve a central outside unit along with small wall-mounted units inside the major rooms of your home, typically bedrooms and your living room. They do not require ductwork. This allows you to cool one zone of your home at a time if you choose to, such as only cooling your bedroom when you are asleep. This zoned approach to cooling can save significant energy.
Another reason that ductless mini splits are a practical option is that they also work as heaters in the winter. So, instead of having two separate systems installed, your ductless mini split can cool your home all summer and heat it all winter.
Geothermal Cooling System
Geothermal cooling systems are innovative and eco-friendly alternatives to central air conditioning. The main component of a geothermal cooling system is actually buried underground in your yard, where it takes advantage of the mild, stable underground temperature and uses underground energy to cool your home. Geothermal systems can also be used as sources of heat during the cold winter months, making them a flexible option for all your heating and cooling needs.
An evaporative cooler or swamp cooler is mounted to your roof, and it works by sucking in outdoor air and cooling it by blowing it over water. The cooled air is then pumped through your house. Evaporative coolers are cost-effective options that don't use much energy, but they work best in dry climates. In damp or humid climates, an evaporative cooler may not do an effective job of cooling your home.
The first step is setting up an inspection and consultation in your home with a trusted HVAC expert. They can discuss your various options in more detail and help you make a decision based on your home's layout and size, your cooling needs, and your budget. Contact a company like GNL Heating and Cooling to learn more.