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You probably don’t consider it much, just silently working in the background of your home. You may even take it for granted, but the minute the temperature rises; your air conditioner becomes the most important appliance in your home. The first air conditioner was invented in 1902, for a printing company in Brooklyn. When created, human comfort was not in mind. The air conditioner was created to control the changing humidity that was causing the paper in the company to expand or contract. Since then, the air conditioner has been modernized with convenience in mind and the understanding that each air conditioning system should provide the highest electrical savings possible.

Today most households or commercial spaces have central air conditioning which provides cooling to large areas. But, when room air conditioning is in mind, one can look into alternates like window air conditioners, wall air conditioners or portable air conditioners. These air conditioners extract the heat from the room, and discharge it into the environment. Homes or buildings may have multiple window air conditioners or wall air conditioners, allowing each room to be cooled separately. Worried about ducting in your home? No need to fret, there are plenty of great brands with ductless air conditioners to choose from such as LG ductless, Mitsubishi ductless, and Daikin ductless air conditioners.

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Gas Electric Air Conditioners

Caught between which split air conditioning system is best for you. Well gas electric air conditioners are the most common heating and cooling systems. These air conditioners are a combination of a gas furnace, and an electric air conditioner. This arrangement is called a “split system,” which means that the furnace with the coil is inside the home while the condenser is outside. The air conditioner uses the furnace’s blower to distribute cool air when it’s hot outside, while the furnace heats the home with natural or propane fuel when it’s cold outside. A great brand being sold is Goodman air conditioner.

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Dual Fuel Air Conditioners

Paying a lot to stay warm? Natural gas prices to expensive? Save money with a dual fuel split air conditioning system. The difference between this system and the others is that a dual fuel split air conditioning system uses a heat pump with a gas furnace. This air conditioning system’s indoor unit, instead of being an air handler, uses a gas furnace with a coil, while the outdoor system is the heat pump. The heat pump is used until the outside temperature drops to a certain degree. Once below that set outdoor temperature, the air conditioning system switches from electric to gas (natural or propane) heat. The reason for the use of this dual fuel split air conditioning system is that it presents an efficient way to heat your home. Since a dual fuel split air conditioning system reduces gas heat usage by using the heat pump in warmer climates, resulting in significant savings.

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Heat Pump Air Conditioners

Heat pump fuel systems are very similar in set up to an air conditioner split system. Just like the air conditioner, it cools on those hot days. Yet, it also has the ability to warm your home on those chilly days. By using electricity the heat pump condenser transfers heat energy from a heat source to a heat sink. The heat pump air conditioning system is more cost efficient than other electric systems, such as space heaters, or electric furnaces which need to create heat. The most frequent set up for this air conditioning system is to have the heat pump with an indoor air handler; the air handler contains a blower and a coil in one cabinet. When living in warmer climates the heat pump fuel systems is an ideal choice. But, it is not uncommon to see them in colder climates as well.

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Air Conditioners Split Systems

An air conditioner split system is a preferred air conditioning system used in warmer climates, because it is used mainly for cooling. This air conditioning system has an indoor and an outdoor unit, which is why it is called a “split system,” meaning that the air handler with the evaporator coil is inside the home while the air conditioning condenser is outside. There is also a compressor in the outside unit. The purpose of the air conditioning compressor is to compress a gas called “refrigerant.” Once compressed the gas is transferred into the air conditioners condenser coils, which cools it and releases it into the air handler which circulates it through your home.

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Ductless Air Conditioners

Don’t want to spend hundreds on ducting for you air conditioner? Then ductless air conditioning systems are a great alternative to look into. These ductless air conditioning systems are highly efficient air conditioners for zonal heating and cooling that do not require the use of air ducts, making them useful for homes that don’t have duct work, or do not have a window or wall to install air conditioners. Ductless air conditioning systems consist of an outdoor condenser and an indoor air handling unit, these indoor air handler units are also called, “heads,” and are connected by a small, and durable electrical and refrigerant line. Indoor head (air handlers) are normally mounted up high on a wall or on the ceiling. These air conditioning units cover a 3 inch hole in which the refrigerant line passes through from the outside unit. These very efficient ductless air conditioners have the ability to cool more than one room, which is where the ductless dual zone, tri zone, quad zone, and even multi zone unit systems come in. From one outdoor air condenser you can power up to eight indoor air handler components by installing a heat pump. Each indoor air handler zone is controlled separately, allowing you to control the temperature, or even turn one off while leaving the rest on. You also have the ability to mix and match these ductless air conditioning systems, for instance you have the ability to use a ceiling mounted air handler in one room, with a wall mounted air handler in the other room. So if ducted air conditioners aren’t what you’re looking for, then ductless air conditioning systems are a great option.

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Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioning units are a great way to cool a room, without having to deal with the bulkiness of a window or wall unit. Portable air conditioners easily move from room to room, and can be installed quickly. This air conditioner work by moving heat, it shoots out cold air through the front, while throwing hot air out the back. The warm air needs to go somewhere that is not in the room your air conditioner is cooling, for this reason a vent hose is included with the product which is installed in the back of the portable air conditioner and is used to route the hot air away. A portable air conditioner is also shipped with a window vent kit, which connects to the air conditioners vent hose, and guides the warm air out the window. The window vent kit can be expanded for larger windows or modified for smaller windows. Portable air conditioners are a great way to cool a specific area without having to lower the thermostat, saving money. Great brands being sold are Friedrich, Grunaire, Haier, LG, NewAir, and Sunpentown portable air conditioners.

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Window Air Conditioners

When you switch the window air conditioners on the thermostat control send volts of alternating current to the compressor and the fan motor. The air conditioning compressor acts like a pump compressing refrigerant in gas form into the condenser coils located towards the back of the air conditioner, where the gas is then condensed into a hot liquid. The condenser coils dissipate the heat as the liquid travels through them. Once the refrigerant has passed through the condenser coils and the capillary tubes, it travels to the evaporator coils located near the front of the air conditioner. As the refrigerant liquid travels through these coils it expands into gases which make the coils cold. The gas flows through the coils to a suction line attached to the compressor, the compressor then converts the gas back into a liquid, and the cooling cycle continues. At the same time the air conditioners fan motor rotates a blower wheel, which draws in air to be cooled by the evaporator coils before recirculating it back into the room, the same motor also operated the condenser fan blade. The air conditioners fan blade blows outside air through the condenser coils to cool them. It is normal for water to accumulate in the bottom of the air conditioner when the appliance is running. A slinger ring on the condenser fan blade picks up this water, and sprays it on to the condenser to help disperse the heat. To prevent the water from dipping into the room the window air conditioner should be tilted back when installed.

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Wall Air Conditioners

Wall air conditioners have a lot of the same qualities as window air conditioners. Wall air conditioners require an opening through the wall; they are a permanent fix and could be more economical in the long run. Unlike window air conditioners, wall air conditioning units do not prevent full usage of the window, and should be installed by a professional. Once the wall air conditioner has been installed, it is then sealed permanently. The purpose of sealing the air conditioner is to minimize leakage of cold air to the outside, and warm air to the inside. Wall air conditioners are specifically designed for the wall, with unique air and moisture ventilation through their back. These air conditioners are generally bigger, in physical size and cooling capability and for this reason should not be installed on a window.

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PTAC Air Conditioners

A PTAC is a packaged terminal air conditioner. Packaged terminal air conditioners are all in one units, meaning that there is no outside condenser. Everything is put into one air conditioner in order to make it more efficient. These packaged terminal air conditioners are mostly found in apartments, and hotels. Many of the air conditioners are designed to go through the wall, having the vents and the heat sinks inside as well as outside. One of the characteristics of the packaged terminal air conditioner is that condensate drain piping is not required a slinger ring on the condenser fan blade picks up this water, and sprays it on to the condenser coil to help disperse the heat.