What Are the Different Types of Air Conditioning Systems?

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What Are the Different Types of Air Conditioning Systems?

The weather is great in Denver, however, that doesn’t mean our summers don’t get plenty warm. If you find yourself dreading those hot, sweltering days ahead, maybe it’s time to install an air conditioner. There are several types of air conditioning systems to choose from. Here is a list of several popular options to consider for your Denver air conditioning needs.

Split Systems

Split systems are the most widely used type of air conditioning system in the United States. This system consists of 2 components connected by refrigerant tubing. Inside the home is the evaporator coil, which is responsible for removing moisture and heat from the air. Outside the home, within a metal casing, is the condenser coil, which releases the heat from the evaporator coil; the compressor, which pumps refrigerant from the condenser coil to the evaporator coil; and the condenser fan.

The evaporator coil inside the home is connected to the duct system, and the cold air is circulated to all areas of the house by a blower. If there is a central furnace in the home, a split system air conditioner can share the ductwork, making the installation easy and economical.

Heat Pumps

A Variant on the split system, a heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that works in both directions. During the warmer months, it pumps heat from within the house and disperses it outside. During the cooler months, it takes heat from the outside air and pumps it inside to warm the home.

Heat pumps effectively heat and cool the home but only in mild climates. They do not work well in freezing temperatures and should be avoided in colder climates.

Packaged Central Air Conditioners

Packaged central air conditioners combine the compressor, condenser, and evaporator into a single unit. The air conditioner unit is usually placed on a cement slab near the base of the home or on the roof. It draws warm air from within the home, disperses it outside, and then returns cool air back in using ducts that run through the exterior wall or roof.

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