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Two Best Air Conditioning Systems for Your Condominium Home

Can’t decide what air conditioning (AC) system you should use for your condominium? If you live in places with generally high temperatures, AC will no longer be just a luxury but a necessity. Cooler environments help minimize tensions, therefore, setting the stage for a happy home.

Although, there are several factors you need to think through before selecting an AC for your condo as not all types are suitable, and in some occasion, may be prohibited as per homeowner association (HOA) policy. Thus, before you make that final choice, make sure to refer to the HOA policy and also consider the size and the space of your condo so you’ll have a clear picture of what is the good fit AC system for your unit.

Window-type Air Conditioning

For smaller, studio-type condo units, usually ranging between 30–50 square meters, a compact, window-type units would suffice and the perfect fit if you’re concern about the price and monthly energy bills. Additionally, because of the easy and quick installation, window-type AC is a popular choice among homeowners who prefer to do the installation themselves.

What you should look for in a Window-type AC:

Since space is a factor, opt for window-type ACs with heating and cooling features. Take time to compare the energy efficiency rating (EER) as well and choose the one with the highest score because, in theory, the higher the EER, the more efficient the AC system. Similarly, make sure to select the inverter-type as inverters make ACs more energy-efficient.

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning

If you own a condo unit that has two bedrooms or more, with a spacious balcony, go for ductless mini-split AC. The chief advantages of mini-split ACs are their compact size and flexibility for zoning or cooling and heating each room in your home. And if you’ve been longing for a central AC in your condo but is reluctant due to budget constraint or it’s against the HOA policy, mini-split AC may be the best alternative.

Even though ductless mini-split AC costs more than window-type, still it is 30% more energy-efficient than central AC because it doesn’t require ducts, so it avoids the energy losses related with ductwork of central forced ACs. Plus, each of the indoor air handling units has its individual thermostat, so you only need to cool that space when it is occupied, saving power and money.

And concerning security, split-system is safer than window-type ones because there is only a small hole in the wall, unlike window-mounted room ACs which can provide an easy entrance for intruders.

What you should look for in a Ductless Mini-Split AC:

Like window-type ACs, opt for a ductless mini-split AC with heating and cooling features, so you don’t have to deal with two systems. Then compare the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER); it should be minimum 13.0. Select the one with the highest score as, similar to EER, the higher the SEER, the more efficient the AC system. Likewise, be sure you’re selecting the inverter-type kind.