Choosing the Best AC for your home
Not all homes are built the same and therefore your air conditioners shouldn’t be either. If you are one of those without a central air system, the thought of installing the best AC could be a daunting task. Whether you are looking for efficiency, comfort or energy saving options, there are many factors to consider when purchasing an AC. That’s why we’ve curated this easy guide to help you choose the right AC for you.
Mini split air conditioner
Mini-split units are popular for homes because they are heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures and settings for individual rooms. This could be ideal for multi-family homes or work offices, where basements or additional room constructions are used to maximize space. These ductless units have an outdoor condenser and indoor handling unit and are great alternatives to central air conditioning if you are looking something cost efficient and here’s why:
The pros of installing a mini split AC
Mini split air conditioners can be controlled separately for each room. Which means that family members or colleagues can enjoy their preferred room settings while not infringing on others. Additionally, mini splits will save energy and money by allowing only certain spaces to be cooled while the others remain off.
Because mini splits don’t require ductwork their installation is quick and can be done in difficult to get to constructed areas, like a basement. The installation only requires small holes for the unit to run from its outdoor to indoor component, so their installation won’t compromise on the security of your home.
The cons of installing a mini split AC
Although their installation is quick, mini split air conditioners require expert installation which contribute to extra costs. Installation price can range anywhere between $1,700 to $8,500 depending on where you want to have the units . Those with bigger homes may find that mini splits don’t efficiently cool large spaces and those that find the units unattractive mounted onto their walls may want to consider other options.
Floor mounted ACs
Designed similarly to mini splits, floor mounted ACs serve per room and also have a ductless installation but instead of prompt on the wall these air conditioners are mounted to the floor. This makes these units ideal for those with limited wall space or tilted walls, like a roof attic. But there is more advantages to choosing floor mounted AC units and here are a few:
The pros of installing a floor mounted AC
Because they are installed into the floor, floor mounted ACs offer easy access to cleaning their filtration. This can greatly serve those with respiratory issues who are careful to keep their air quality as clean as possible and the elderly who may have more difficulty reaching high wall units.
Floor mounted systems are much quicker at cooling rooms than any other mounting system as their fans blow at the same level as people.They also are priced better than mini splits, averaging costs between $1,300 and $4,000.
The cons of installing a floor mounted AC
However, these units not only need the efficient floor space to mount but also need the space around them to be free for the air to circulate. Those with smaller spaces or cluttered homes may want to search for something else.
Cassette air conditioners
Cassettes are another type of split unit but their indoor components are installed in the ceilings, leaving living spaces free of any equipment. That’s why almost all new buildings and commercial spaces prefer cassette air conditioners over others and prefer to reap on their additional benefits:
The pros of installing a cassette AC
One of the main advantages of the cassette air conditioner is that it gives a great distribution of air due to the fact hot air rises but cold air falls. These units have powerful fans and are great for larger and open spaces.
As mentioned cassettes save on space and are almost invisible within a room. Their thermostats can be programmed per unit which allows you to control room temperatures and save on monthly electric bills.
The cons of installing a cassette AC
If you want to install a Cassette air conditioner into your home, you need to consult an expert first to see if your ceilings offer you the option. Most home ceilings are filled with beams which leave little flexibility for the for Cassettes. Their installment is also often pricier than mini splits or floor mounted ACs, making them preferred for office buildings, retailers and schools.
Portable air conditioners
Renters, people who move often and those on a budget might want to consider investing in a portable or free standing air conditioner system because they offer easy mobility and are much lower in costs. In keeping cold this summer, here are the main advantages of a portable AC:
The pros of installing a portable AC
Price is understandably the highest motivation for buying a portable AC unit. They can be purchased as low as $300 at any home appliance store and can be easily delivered.
As their name states, these units are designed to be mobile and can be moved from room to room and are ideal for those who live alone or in small places. They are also great for moving into garages or garden sheds to help cool you down while you work.
The cons of installing a portable AC
Obviously their setup is easy as 1,2,3, but portable air conditioners are also limited in where they can be placed. They are fully indoor units and therefore create indoor condensation leading some models to come with a drip tray to collect the condensation but needs regular emptying. Those without trays require a window for the condensation to escape. Additionally, these cheaper alternatives are less efficient in cooling the air when compared to other split and ducted air systems.
Window AC units
If you have limited wall, ceiling and floor space, windows are your next best bet for installing your AC.
The pros of installing a window ACMany people prefer window AC units because they are inexpensive and can be easily installed. The entire cost could be as low as $150 per unit. These are also common among rented homes where landlords haven’t yet invested in central AC.
The cons of installing a window ACHowever, not every window is suitable to host an AC unit. The window frames need to be able to bear the weight of the unit in order for them not to fall out. Additionally, the exposure of wires to outside moisture needs to be considered. These units will make your window completely nonfunctional, so it's important to choose a window that is less important for sunlight and fresh air.
PTAC air conditioners
Among the alternatives to central air systems, packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) are most comparable to central air as PTAC are self-contained HVAC systems. Their condensing component is built into the unit and it provides both heating and cooling systems to a living area. These ACs are typically found in hotels and here’s why.
The pros of installing a PTAC air conditionerHotels are prone to wear and tear and replacing whole AC units can become very expensive. That’s why PTAC air conditioners are the best for hotels who want to offer their guests a commercial grade air cooling and heating system, but with approachable solutions for when only one room needs replacement.
PTACs also allow hotel managers to limit their units minimum and maximum temperature settings. This helps maintain costs and energy especially when their rooms are unoccupied.
The cons of installing a PTAC air conditionerPTACs can be loud if not positioned properly away from guests. Also, hotels may still want to consider the size and space that PTACs will need, so smaller motels may opt for one of the other options instead.
DIY upgrade any AC unit to a smart one
Now that you have a better idea of which AC unit will best fit your needs and budget consider this last tip that can help you save even more money and energy and that is to transform your AC into a smart one. Smart air conditioners are connected to wifi and anyone with access to its mobile app has global control of their units. You can buy AC models that already have smart capabilities and their own native apps or you can simply upgrade the models you already have, as long as your AC has a remote and here’s why you should consider upgrading you AC:
The pros to upgrading your AC to a smart one
Firstly, it’s super easy to set up a smart application for your AC. All you need is reliable wifi and to purchase an external hardware application. Once you connect the hardware to your AC unit you basically have control over your unit from anywhere in the world through your phone.
Without any installation or set up costs, upgrading your AC units is inexpensive in more ways than one. Because of the ability to see your AC working from basically anywhere, you can be in control of it at all times. This means no more forgetting you or your family left the AC on while away.
A smart AC gives you the ability to prepare your home temperatures before your return. With a smart AC, you will see that the usage and therefore costs and energy has been minimized and now in your total control. And while not all homes or ACs are the same, neither are smart AC applications.
Sensibo AC Controllers Work with Any Remote Controlled AC
Sensibo’s smart controlling air conditioner connectors are some of the most advanced. Besides for global control over your unit, Sensibo’s smart AC products offer a suite of other features, like 7 day scheduling, geofencing, and a smart thermostat that senses and triggers AC activity on its own according to your preferences. With Sensibo you can control all your AC units from one app giving you a big picture look at your entire home’s ACs.
Not to mention, Sensibo smart ac controllers work with any remote controlled air conditioners. Over 10,000 models! You can search for your AC model here.
Choosing the best AC shouldn’t be harder than needed and once you find the one for you, transforming it to a smart system is simple and effortless, but returns an even bigger payoff.