Which Cooling System Is Right For Your Climate?

In today's economy, people are moving around more than ever before. When just a few hours worth of driving can mean a huge difference in climate, people who are a new to an area may not understand that their climate control needs won't be the same as they were in the last home. Here's a guide to the different cooling systems available so you can pick the one that's best for your new home.

Swamp Coolers

Swamp coolers, which are also know as evaporative coolers, use water as their main source of cooling. As water evaporates, the air around it cools. A swamp cooler works by holding a large pool of water and blowing air over the water before distributing it throughout your home.

Swamp coolers are extremely energy efficient since they use minimal electricity, but they only work in dry climates with minimal humidity. In moderate and humid climates, the natural humidity levels will reduce the cooling effect, and the home's humidity levels will be increased to uncomfortable levels.

Swamp coolers are best used in southwestern states like Arizona and Nevada.

Central Air Conditioners

Central air conditioners use a central blower unit to distribute chilled air through a system of ducts. Cooling is provided by an electrically powered outdoor condenser unit.

Central air conditioners are one of the most efficient cooling systems, but they carry a high installation cost. This is especially true in homes that don't have existing ductwork.

For that reason, central air conditioners are generally only installed in new construction or as replacements for existing central air conditioners. Homeowners in moderate climates without existing duct systems probably won't find a renovation worthwhile.

Ductless Air Conditioners

Ductless air conditioners are often called mini-split air conditioners because they are almost like a mini central air conditioner. They work in almost exactly the same way, but instead of having a central system that pumps cold air into ducts, there is a separate ductless system for each room where cooling is desired.

Ductless systems are great for those moderate climates where a homeowner wants to install air conditioner but doesn't have existing ductwork. They are much more aesthetically pleasing than window air conditioners.

Ductless air conditioners are also gaining popularity in hot climates because they can provide energy savings when only one or two rooms are cooled at a time instead of the entire home.

To learn more about the cooling options available for your home, contact a local air conditioning contractor like Century Heating & Air Conditioning Services today.