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What Are My Options for AC Installation?

When it’s time to install a new air conditioner, you want to make the best decision possible. There are a lot of different options available, and whatever choice you make, you have to live with it for the next 10-15 years.

But you don’t have to make that decision alone. Our team is here to help. You can schedule an in-home assessment for air conditioning installation in Galloway, NJ. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of air conditioners we install, as well as the pros and cons of each. That way you can decide which system best fits your needs.

Central AC

The central air conditioner is the most frequently installed AC for homeowners. Most homes already have central air conditioners and swapping them out with new ones when the time comes can make the installation process very simple. The one potential downside to a central air conditioner is the attached ductwork. It’s easy for ductwork to develop small holes that allow air to escape after it cools to blow into your home. 

This can increase your energy costs as your AC has to work harder to produce more cool air to blow into your home. However, you can avoid this problem completely by scheduling annual AC maintenance. Not only will we look at your air conditioner inside and out, but we also inspect the attached ductwork to make sure that it’s working as it should.

Heat Pump

A heat pump is very similar in design and layout to a central air conditioner. It also attaches to ductwork and faces the same concerns about airflow that we listed above. However, a heat pump also has a pretty unique benefit. It doesn’t just operate as an air conditioner. It also operates as a heater in the winter. The heat pump has a reversing valve that allows it to move refrigeration in the opposite direction during the fall and winter seasons to bring heat into your home. 

The method of heating and cooling used in a heat pump makes the system slightly more energy efficient than a standard central air conditioner. Plus, you don’t have to worry about having a separate heater since your heat pump is all-in-one temperature control.

Ductless Mini Split

If you like the idea of a heat pump that offers both heating and cooling, but want to avoid the need for ductwork, a mini split unit may be right for you. In place of ductwork, you have several small air conditioners dispersed throughout your home in the various rooms. These units can work together to provide all-over heating and cooling, or you can close doors and customize temperatures in the individual rooms across your home. 

Since a mini split does not rely on ductwork to transfer air, 100% of the air that gets heated or cooled blows directly into the rooms of your home. This can cut your energy use by as much as half, lowering your energy costs significantly. However, you do want to keep in mind that a ductless mini split is more expensive upfront for installation and also has slightly higher maintenance expectations. You’re maintaining several smaller units instead of one big one.

Your comfort is our business. Contact Elliott McElwee Heating and Cooling today to schedule your appointment for AC installation.

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