Because air conditioning systems tend to last for more than a decade most people don’t have a need to keep up with the latest trends. But today’s available systems may be more sophisticated and efficient than the one currently in your home if it is more than 6-8 years old. If you’re looking at a replacement you should consider the following options that have grown in popularity over the last few years. Geothermal systems use the consistently cool temperature underground to cool your home instead of the normally hot air outside. Geothermal systems are some of the most energy efficient available. Another system that is catching on across the country is a heat pump which can work as an air conditioner in the summer and can the run in reverse and act as a heater in the winter. These systems have long been used in southern states, but with advances in technology now providing better heating and cooling options these reversible heat pumps are now being used more frequently in the upper Midwest and northern states. These systems are also popular in areas where electricity costs and availability provide better economics than burning gas, propane or fuel oil. Ductless mini-split air conditioners are also gaining in popularity for certain applications. Rather than moving cool air around your house as part of a central system they condition one room at a time. These are usually mounted on a wall or ceiling and are ideal for a room addition or to add cooling to a garage. As you can see there are many more options than just buying cold air. It’s worth the time to explore your options and if you have questions, ask a contractor!
Comparing Options for Cooling Your Home