The Common Types of Air Condition and Their Form Factors

As a way to combat the heat during the summer, modern technology has allowed people to utilize air-conditioning from small bedrooms, to large halls and arenas, they all perform a similar task of keeping the ambient temperature at a relatively comfortable level.  

But with the wide variety of useful applications, just how many form factors are there? And how do they work? Below are some of the familiar examples of the air conditioning units commonly seen in everyday structures: 

  • Windows Air Conditioners – These are the most commonly seen AC units available, commonly used to cool small rooms, or in tandem with multiples, larger rooms. Their small size and lower power rating are best suited for bedrooms, small classrooms, or similar structures. They are installed through window-sized holes on the wall, or sit at the corner of an existing window cavity. The entire system of a window AC is contained in one unit. One side being able to put out cold air, and the other side contains the components that extract the heat in the cooling process. With the nature of installation, this may pose an issue for rooms and spaces that are in the middle of an indoor structure for the heat is simply exhausted outside the space of interest. They are relatively cheap and typically controlled by knobs and switches on the cooling side although many newer window ACs also use touch panels and remotes. 
  • Split-type Air Conditioners – They are often considered for their silent operation, more discrete profile, and slightly larger cooling capacities. The cooling and heat extracting components of this type of Air Conditioner are separated. The cooling portion of the AC is placed inside the space of interest, and the heat-extracting component is placed outside the structure and is connected via small tubing and wiring. Split-type air conditioners are commonly controlled through a remote. 
  • Duct-less mini split Air Conditioners – due to their smaller form factor and less structural alteration required compared to the two earlier types, mini-split Air conditioners provide a flexible application of heating and cooling of specific rooms, the caveat to these types of Air conditioners are their poor energy efficiency compared to different types of air conditioning systems. 
  • Centralized Air Conditioning Systems – Their large structural investment yet greater cooling capacity make this type of air conditioning repair in Lafayette system suitable for large structures such as domes, arenas, halls, and other larger and spacious areas. With a system of air ducts properly directed at areas of interest, a large central cooling and heat-extracting unit is placed commonly above the building or structure which it outputs cold air into the ducts into the area of interest. As the air becomes warmer, the intake is also a system of ducts which allows the air conditioning system to regulate and monitor the temperature despite the large volume it needs to cool. 

With the proper knowledge of air conditioning systems, choosing the proper one for your house, office or even project can ensure its efficiency and capability to keep your space cool.