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What Type of AC Is Best for Your Home?


Choosing the correct type of air conditioning unit for your home can affect how you feel about your heating and cooling system for years. A good air conditioning unit is a must for most people, but buying and installing a unit can take up a large portion of a homeowner’s appliance or home upgrades budget.

This is why people shopping for AC installation in Northbrook, IL, need to think about what type of AC is best for their home. The good news is that there are plenty of different options! However, that means you should know what you want going in to ensure you are happy for years. Keep reading to learn about five types of air conditioners we install.

Which AC System is Best For You and Your Home?

Although all five of these systems are great, everyone has a preference, and one system may work better for your home than another, which is something we can help you make an educated decision about. 

Central Air Conditioner

The central air conditioner may be the type of air conditioning that you are most familiar with. This is the preferred type of air conditioning for most people who have a large home and need to be able to cool the whole house simultaneously.

Central air conditioners use ducts throughout the home to push cold air throughout the house simultaneously. This allows the home to cool down to a specific temperature quickly and uniformly.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump air conditioner can be viewed as a 2-in-1 system. It is an air conditioning unit that can be used in reverse to provide heat. It works by pumping air inside and outside your home.

So in the warmer months, it will pump heat out and bring cooler air in; in the cooler months, it will do the opposite.

Zone Control Systems

This is also sometimes called zoned HVAC or an HVAC zoning system. It uses ductwork and dampers to regulate the temperature throughout the home. This is great for families or larger homes as it allows different temperatures in different rooms or “zones” depending on needs and desires.

Ductless Systems

A ductless system operates on heat pump technology but does not require ductwork. Instead, a single outdoor unit is connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers that can be independently controlled from one another via their own thermostat. 

This makes them highly energy-efficient, and great for homes where occupants have different heating and cooling preferences. By default, this is another form of a zone control system, just much more efficient. 

Geothermal Air Conditioners

Instead of using ductwork throughout the home, this is an HVAC system that cycles fluid (refrigerant or water) through underground pipes. The cool air is then transferred from the ground level to the home. It’s also a heat pump system, and therefore can heat the home too.

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted resource for Chicagoland area home services. Contact us today!

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