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Ready to Ditch Your Window Unit? What to Look for in a Whole-Home AC Unit

The outdoor unit of an AC system in Jackson, MS.

Hip-hip Hooray! It’s a big day! You have finally decided to get rid of the dreaded window unit to upgrade to an air conditioning unit that will properly and thoroughly cool your entire home. I’m sure you’re excited to get goin’ and get coolin’ but what you may not know is that there are many different options that go beyond simply choosing between a window unit or whole-home unit. Before deciding on a When you’re looking for a new whole-home AC unit here are a few important things to consider.

Why Gold Star Can Help with a Whole-Home AC Unit Installation

Gold Star Service now can take care of your cooling services and it comes with good reason. So much experience runs through our company, and with experience comes high-quality service. As we continue to help families receive the service they deserve, it is important to check your home and call if a problem arises with your air conditioning system. It can be hazardous if you live through the heat with no cooling, so high temperature can harm your health. Don’t hesitate to call Gold Star today since we come right to your door and ready to handle any questions you might have for us!

The Size of Your Home

The size of your home is a very important factor to consider when selecting an air conditioning unit because different systems are able to cool different spaces more and less efficiently. In the same way that your previous window AC unit did the best job cooling a single room, other systems are able to cool different sized homes at different rates. Be sure to keep this into consideration when selecting your system.

Budget & Cost Efficiency of a Whole-Home AC Unit

Some systems seem may like they are the smart and inexpensive choice, but can end up costing you more in the long run. Do a thorough cost analysis, taking into consideration what your new electric bill would be and how frequently your new AC system will require repair and maintenance.

Surrounding Climate

All air conditioners are not the same. Some systems are made specifically to thrive in moist, hotter climates, while others are better off cooling homes that are in drier areas. Be sure you make the right decision for your location. Now that you’ve thought about those specific factors, here are some of your options for an air conditioner that will cool your entire home:

  • Central Air Conditioner

Chances are you are most likely aware of a central air conditioner, which are also known as an HVAC system; these are a fairly common type of air conditioner for those looking to heat an entire home. The great thing about these systems is that they are able to automatically turn on and off in order to provide a consistent temperature throughout your home. However, if you are installing this system into a home that does not have the proper ductwork, the initial installation can be considerably pricey.

  • Ductless Mini-split Air Conditioner

While this type of AC is typically found outside of the United States, they are becoming a popular and growing phenomenon amongst American homeowners. These systems are cost- efficient because they don’t require ducts to function and are considerably energy efficient as well. Depending on what size your home is and what climate you live in, you may need more than one system as these are better at cooling smaller areas.

  • Evaporative Cooler System

Also known as a Swamp Cooler, the Evaporative Cooler air conditioning system is able to make your home up to 30 degrees cooler by using moist pads to transform outside air. This air conditioner does not use refrigerant and does not use a lot of energy so it is one of the more environmentally friendly options. Because they don’t require ductwork to operate and don’t use as much energy as an HVAC system, they are particularly economical. However, keep in mind that because the system works by bringing moisture inside of the home, it is not recommended for homes in climates with high humidity and moisture.

  •  New & Upcoming Technology

Many of the new technological advances in air conditioning technology are focused on environmental preservation and conservation. The NightBreeze system, for example cuts down on heating and cooling loads by storing and using pre-filtered nighttime air instead of cooling daytime air which is typically considerably hotter. For an additional cost, consumers also have the option of purchasing a NightBreeze system that heats in addition to cooling.
While you have a lot to choose from when it comes to selecting a new air conditioner, just be grateful that your entire home will finally be cooled and you can toss that old window air conditioner right out of the “window!” Whether you choose an HVAC, Ductless Mini-Split, Evaporative Cooler, or decide to try out some new technology, you’re sure to have a whole new outlook on what it means to cool down your home.
If you’ve decided it’s time to transition over to a whole-home AC unit, then call Gold Star today and schedule cooling service!

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