To fight off the summer heat you don’t just want an air conditioner. You want the best air conditioning system out there! There’s only one problem: what is the best? Or maybe there are two problems, since, what does “the best” really mean when you’re talking about air conditioning?
Feeling a bit stumped, and not sure where to turn? Don’t worry—AC by J is here to help! If our experts understand anything it’s definitely HVAC, so sit back and follow along to find out the best AC systems for Phoenix area homeowners.
Step One: Learning Your Options
So first off, the term air conditioner can mean any number of things. You could be talking about a central forced-air system, a heat pump, or you could be talking about a ductless split system. Which is which? Let’s touch on each to help you understand:
- Central cooling. Central AC is the set standard for home air conditioning. Using a standardized forced air setup cool air is delivered to your home via ducts. The system is widely used and available, powerful, and generally rather reliable—but often lacks in efficiency when compared to the competition.
- Heat pumps. Heat pumps utilize ambient thermal energy to mitigate energy use. They mostly operate like a standard air conditioning system, just with far higher efficiency ratings, longer lifespans, and the option to provide heating come the winter. The drawback? A much higher purchase and installation cost, which will offset itself in time, but is still worth considering.
- Ductless split systems. A single outdoor unit hooks to one or many indoor units by way of tubing and wiring (that means no ducts at all!). The result is a system that offers energy-efficiency, zoning capabilities for customized cooling, high efficiency ratings, and air quality benefits. Drawbacks here are primarily in the high purchase and installation cost.
Step Two: Defining “The Best”
So if you’ve been following along here, you may have noticed the problem with defining the best. Each option has its perks! Central is strong and cost-effective, a heat pump is reliable, durable, and offers versatility, and a ductless split system gives you a bit of it all, but has that high cost.
The best generally boils down to what you’re looking for. What do you want out of your cooling system, and further, what works best for your home? Can you accommodate ducts, and are you on a budget? If so, central might be the way to go. Do you have no ducts, and are you looking for the most efficient option on the market? Then a split system might be for you.
The Best of the Best
We realize that answer is a bit cheap (even though it’s the truest answer you can get!), so if you’re looking for a hypothetical winner, well we can give you one. It’s a ductless split system! Mini and multi-split systems have gained huge traction with Phoenix homeowners. High efficiency, versatility, and the longevity of the unit quickly offset the cost, and the available benefits and power make it an ideal heat buster for even the toughest summers.
Looking for your best cooling system? Contact our Phoenix AC contractors today to find out more!