Are you tired of dealing with yet another summer without air conditioning in your home? Opening windows and turning on fans can sometimes help a little bit, but nothing works like air conditioning when it comes to consistent cooling and dehumidification of the air. Today, there are different options when it comes to types of air conditioning systems for your home. The Department of Energy (DOE) website talks about the different systems available, where they are best used, and the energy savings you can expect from them.
According to the DOE, ductless mini-split air conditioning systems are a great choice for homes that do not have available ductwork; for example, those heated with radiators or where adding new ductwork is not feasible. Ductless systems have an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor unit that acts as an air handler. These systems are perfect for either an entire home, or for one room that could benefit from air conditioning, as each room has its own ductless unit. Because of this individualization, ductless air conditioning systems are quite energy efficient, which can help you save energy and ultimately money on your utility bills.
Central air conditioning is also an option for your home. Central AC circulates cooled air through the entire house via ductwork. Modern central air conditioning is much more energy efficient than its predecessors, and is greener, too – newer models use R-410A refrigerant, which is more environmentally friendly and more energy efficient than R-22, which most older models use. Central air conditioning systems can help remove humidity from your home as well, making the air much more comfortable. According to the DOE, you can expect to save between 20 and 40 percent of your cooling energy costs by replacing an air conditioning system 10 years or older with a newer, more efficient system.
Heat pumps are also growing in popularity as a cooling choice for homes. Heat pump systems serve a dual purpose – they can both cool your home in the summer and heat it during the colder months. For people living in mild climates, a heat pump is often the only source of heat needed. In New York, a heat pump can help homeowners supplement their heating system (such as a furnace or a boiler) and in doing so, help them save money on their utility bills in the winter. The DOE indicates that when it comes to cooling capabilities, heat pumps offer superior dehumidification, which results in lower energy use and better comfort.
At Family Danz Heating & Cooling, we’re pleased to provide Capital District residents with the best quality, most efficient air conditioning solutions on the market. If you’d like to enjoy superior home comfort in your home this summer, call Family Danz Heating & Cooling at (518) 427-8685.