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Which is a Better AC: Central or Single?

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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Are you torn about which type of air conditioner to get? Do you want a portable air conditioner or a central air conditioning unit? Either one can provide you with cool air for those unbearably warm months. However, you have to know the pros and cons of each one before you make your choice. In short, you have to consider what you need and what you can afford to pay before you get an air conditioner for your home.  

Let us first talk about the single air conditioner. This type of air conditioner may be mounted on the window or the wall. Because it is generally small, this type of AC can cool only a small area. Usually, wall or window mounted air conditioners are made to cool a single room. This is great if just want to cool a few rooms in your house. The costs of installing this type of AC are lower than what you would expect to spend with a central unit. The average cost of this type of AC is around $300 to $500.

There is also what we call a portable air conditioner. Based on the name, this type is great for people who want to move the unit from one room to another. This means that when you want a cooler living room, you can simply lug in your portable air conditioner and let it do the job. Plus, the prices of this type of air conditioner are not that high. However, you cannot cool large spaces using this one.

Now let us discuss central air conditioning. This type of air conditioning makes use of duct work and a central air conditioning unit to deliver the desired cool temperature to the entire house. The units used may be the heat pump or the forced-air furnace. Although a heat pump is named such, it can do the job of providing cool air to all the parts of the house.

Central air conditioners may be more expensive than single air conditioners but they do have advantages. One, they provide even indoor temperature to all the parts of your home. Two, the delivery of the cooled or warmed air is efficient. Three, this type of air conditioning system is more energy-efficient. And four, the system does not produce annoying noises, unlike the single AC which get worse with age.

So, using the information you gathered from this article, are you now sure of which type of air conditioning you need? But of course, you can do better if you ask for the opinion of people who are actually in the field of air conditioning. When you do that, you can more or less get the assurance that you are getting the best AC for your home.

Cooling Your House without an Air Conditioner

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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Are you aware that you have the ability to cool your home without needing an air conditioner? Yes, you do and you can! There are simple things you can do to cool indoor air without having to spend a few dollars on generating artificial cool air. Isn’t that wonderful? Basically, you can achieve this when you are able to reduce the sources of heat inside your home and are able to successfully get rid of the indoor heat. So, here are tips that you may find useful when you want to enjoy cool air without necessarily switching on your air conditioner.

The first tip is to use fans inside your home. In the temperate regions of the country, you can stay cool in your home during the warm summer months through the use of portable fans. Because the air is relatively cool, you will able to enjoy indoor air that flows and is not stagnant.

Next, you need to check your insulation. Yes, the insulation in your home can prevent air from going out or getting into your home. This is particularly useful during summer when you want to keep warm air out, not into your home.

Additionally, you can lessen the amount of heat that your house can gain from the outdoors by using shades or drapes. These things can keep direct sunlight from getting in through windows in the south and west wings of your home. In short, these things can act as barriers to warm sunlight streaming in through windows.

Another thing you can do is to switch off heat-producing appliances and lights when you do not need them. Yes, these devices can significantly increase the temperature inside your home. By not switching on lights during daytime, you get the chance to enjoy cool air without having to turn on your AC.

The next tip is to put in heat-reflecting films on your windows to deflect the rays of the sun. When you do that, you reduce the glare which will keep the house cooler. But, it is also good to note that these films should not be placed in south-facing windows of houses in colder climates. These things won’t let the sun’s warmth in during the cold winter months.

It is also good to plant bushes, vines and trees all around your house to provide shade. However, if want to take advantage of warm sunshine during winter, you have to make sure that the plants you surround your home with are those that shed off leaves during fall. Also, you have to consider the type of plants to put in so that they won’t block any breeze coming in.

To cut a long story short, you can do these simple things to keep your home cooler. Try them now and enjoy natural cool air minus the expenses.