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“What Kind of AC Should I Have Installed?”


When it comes to keeping your home comfortable all year round, you have many options for climate control systems. And your air conditioner is a high priority, considering how hot and icky our summers can get.

But an air conditioner purchase is definitely not an investment you want to rush into. You want to carefully consider all the factors that go into getting a new AC system, and what type of system will best meet your specific needs and home.

You should also make sure you only trust a professional for your AC installation and other services. Going with an amateur or trying to install the system on your own can leave you with an improperly sized and/or improperly functioning system. So, what are your options? Read on to find out!

Central Air Conditioner

The central air conditioner is still the most commonly found type of air conditioner in homes throughout our area, and really throughout the country. This is for good reason! Today’s models are highly efficient, making them an affordable cooling option.

You can even take it up a notch with the installation of an inverter central air conditioner. This system operates on variable fan speeds, meaning if you are having a mild spring or summer day, you don’t have to run the AC at “full blast” and therefore don’t have to use as much energy.

Zone Control System

A zone control system is another great way to reduce energy expenditure and bring your cooling costs down.

Homeowners often think that to boost AC efficiency, they can just close off the vents to rooms where they really don’t need cooling. The thing is though, this doesn’t help your standard air conditioner work more efficiently. All it does is create a pressure imbalance, causing the system to actually work less efficiently, and accumulate wear and tear faster.

A zone control system is specifically set up so that dampers control how much air goes into certain rooms. It’s fitted for your specific home so it doesn’t drain as much energy. An even better option for this kind of efficiency, though, is the ductless system, which we’ll touch on in a moment.

Heat Pump

A heat pump system is set up very similarly to a standard, conventional central air conditioner. It operates the same–using refrigerant to pull heat out of your home and return chilled air into your home.

The difference is that in a heat pump system, the refrigerant process can be reversed so this system can provide effective and efficient heat, as well.

Ductless System

The ductless system operates on heat pump technology but doesn’t require ductwork and each of its air handlers can be independently controlled from one another.

This means you get zone-controlled heating and cooling by default, and also help your indoor air quality and efficiency by default with the absence of ductwork. We’d love to talk to you more about these systems, so please give us a call!

To schedule your professional AC installation in Roanoke, VA, contact W.C. Butler Heating and Air Conditioning!

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