Residential Air Conditioning Systems

Residential air conditioning systems come in different types, and the choice of which system to use largely depends on the size of the home and on what the family needs. In order to choose the right one for your needs, it will be helpful to understand the different types of systems available and how they work.

What is Residential Air Conditioning?

A residential air conditioning system is commonly known as a split system. It is mainly composed of two parts: the external unit and the internal, or indoor, unit. The external unit focuses on condensing, and its metal frame contains the coolant lines, compressor, and exhaust fan. The indoor unit, on the other hand, contains the furnace, blower, and evaporating coils. The coolant lines connect the two parts.


Residential air conditioning systems are much smaller than commercial systems. They use smaller drainage systems as well. In addition, repairs and maintenance of residential air conditioning systems are less expensive.

Different Types of Residential Air Conditioning Systems

·        Central Air Conditioner

This type of residential AC unit is perfect for large homes and homes with multiple rooms. It can cool down all the rooms connected to its ducts, and because of that, humidity is reduced as cool air circulates around the entire house. However, the unit may lose its efficiency when the ducts fail due to problems or damage. Also, using central AC at home usually results in a higher electricity bill.

·        Window Air Conditioner

A window air conditioner is a unit that is usually installed in a window or a small opening on the wall. The indoor side blows cool air into the room and the outdoor side ejects the heat out. Window AC units come in a variety of sizes to provide options for different areas or rooms. Because of its size, it is easy to install and maintain, less costly to operate, and does not take up any floor space. However, not all types of windows are made to support air conditioners, which is why it is best to check the construction of the window first before choosing a unit.

·        Ductless Mini-split Air Conditioner

The ductless mini-split type is perfect for you if you want only a portion of your house to be cooled. Contemporary homes also benefit much from the ductless system. The unit comes with a remote control for hassle-free operation and temperature control. However, a single unit may not be enough to cool down the entire house.

·        Portable Air Conditioner

This type of unit is a free-standing indoor air conditioner that can be moved from one place to another or from room to room as desired. When it seems impractical or not advisable to install a window AC or split AC, this one is sure to fit. It is quick and easy to set up and use, does not require installation, and can easily be stored away when not needed. The drawback, on the other hand, is that it may not be able to cool down larger rooms or open areas, and the noise it makes while operating may disturb the people inside the room.



ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re looking to have a new HVAC system installed, we’re on-call and ready to assist you. So if you’re in need of an HVAC installation, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an inspection! Our HVAC installation experts will check your ductwork, measure, check wire sizes, and more before making recommendations to ensure maximum efficiency and comfort. Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC installation team online by clicking here.


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