Main Types of Supplemental Air Conditioners
Choose the air conditioner for your home based on:
- the space that needs cooling
- where it will be installed
- machine controls and special features
- its energy-efficiency rating
Relying on supplemental units is a popular way for a family to strive to lower energy costs for the home, since cooling uses more energy than heating. While a whole-house air conditioning system is often a standard feature, the entire house does not need to be universally cooled regularly throughout the day and night. Energy savings can be achieved by using a combination of both a whole-house system and supplemental units.
Through-the-wall units create significant benefits for homes located in temperate climates where a whole house air conditioning system is not needed.
Through-the-wall supplemental air conditioners typically come as single units installed within a sleeve in the wall. The single unit functions much in the same way as a window unit.
Through-the-wall units help to cool the occasional hot spot(s) using minimal energy consumption. As with window-installed units, some homeowners are reluctant to install them because of their unsightly appearance on the house’s façade. Covering the area with smart landscaping can be a desirable option. In the winter, make sure to cover it properly to protect it against freezing weather.
Accessories for air conditioners
Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners
Portable Air Conditioners
Multi-Modal Portable Units
- and air purification.
Multi-modal portable units come in a variety of combinations, such as 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 units. A fan brings in outside air for natural ventilation. Heat is provided via a heat pump whereas electrical heat warms the air which is then blown out by the fan. The dehumidifier takes humidity out of the air at a rate of pints of water per day.
Multi-modal portable units are ideal for the homeowner who may need any combination or all of these extra features on a somewhat regular basis. Purchasing a unit with multiple functions will help reduce the cost and floor space otherwise required when purchasing multiple different units. Units that provide the home with more than a fan and air conditioning will have shorter life spans if used continuously throughout the year.