5 Types of Air Conditioning Units


5 Types of Air Conditioning Units

Types of Air Conditioners

When the temperature heats up, we immediately want to find ways to cool down. But just as luck would have it, when you go to turn on the AC, it only blows hot air. At this point, you have two options; call an HVAC professional for inspection or learn to deal with the heat. If option two just isn’t cutting it, we’re here to help.

Whether you need a new HVAC system or are just weighing your options, check out our list of the 5 most common types of air conditioners on the market.


Central air conditioning usually works best, particularly in larger homes. Central AC systems effectively circulate cool air throughout your home via the ductwork. Vents are usually installed in the wall or floor, which blows the cool air out and then also returns it back to the unit. Since installing a central air conditioning unit requires planning, it’s important that a qualified HVAC professional inspect your home to verify that it’s suitable for this type of unit.

Window Units

Window units work well to cool one specific room. In addition, this unit is compact, so it can be installed in the spring and removed when summer is over. If used in a large home, you will need more than one. It's important to measure the window prior to purchasing a window unit to ensure proper fit.

Ductless HVAC

Mini-split systems, also known as ductless systems, are common in homes that require retro-fitting. If you only need to cool certain rooms in your home but don’t want to install window units, a mini-split unit may be the right choice for you. In addition, since each zone has a separate thermostat, it’s easy to adjust the temperature in each area.

Portable Air Conditioner

When opting out of window units, portable air conditioners are now considered the go-to-choice when cooling small spaces. Similar to window units, portable air conditioners are designed to cool only one room at a time. They are affordable and easy to transport from one room to another.

Hybrid Units

Just like hybrid cars, hybrid air conditioners have the power to alternate between electricity and fossil fuels. This high-tech system can also choose between the two energy sources to save both energy and money. With a hybrid air conditioning unit, you aren’t held prisoner by ever-increasing utility bills.

Contact Us Today!

The architecture of your home as well as the ventilation system plays a huge role when deciding on a new air conditioner. If you're not sure which unit would work best in your home, we've got you covered. Contact our HVAC professional at Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric and schedule an in-home consultation. Call today at (847) 469-1794.

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