If you are in the market for an AC, then there are several options that you have to choose from. However, each serves a very different purpose, and you might not be too familiar with the benefits that they all offer. To help you get a better idea of how you should structure your air conditioning, here is an overview of the most common categories:
First of all you have the most common, which is central air conditioning. The biggest benefit of a centralized system is that it is quite efficient if you need to cool down an entire building. Central units are often out of the way and will not intrude too much on your daily life. Unless you are near the external unit, you aren't going to trip over a central unit like you might a portable unit.
However, if you do elect to use such a system, then you need to make sure that your ventilation is in working condition. Thankfully, ventilation is also needed for most central heating systems as well, so you can easily kill two birds with one stone on that front.
Next, you have the portable air conditioner, which works somewhat similarly to a space heater. The main difference between the two is that a portable AC needs to vent a lot of hot air outside your home, which tends to mean that you will need a pipe or other vent leading from the portable unit to a nearby window.
Portable units are great if you are planning on cooling only a single room or if you want to change the room that is being cooled. Unfortunately, portable units tend to be less efficient than other choices when it comes to cooling an entire building.
Finally, you have heat pumps, which are quite different from the previous two options. Heat pumps work by leeching energy from one portion of air and dumping it into another (for instance, taking heat from the inside of your house and dumping it outside), but they can also work in reverse. This means that your heat pump can be used as an AC unit during the hot months and a heater during the cold months.
The biggest drawback of heat pumps is that they lose a great deal of efficiency when the temperature difference between the inside and outside of your home becomes large. In other words, it becomes harder to move heat from one side of the gradient to the other if the difference in heat density between the two is too great.
To learn more, contact a service like Plisko Electric.