CENTRAL AIR , DUCTLESS MINI-SPLIT AIR-CONDITIONER
The Best Way to Cool a Room
Time is doing this weird speed up, slow down, repeat thing right now. We don’t want to destroy your notion of circular time, but thankfully, the official start of summer is here and 2020 has hit its halfway point. What better time to ponder the intricacies of choosing the right air conditioner for your home.
If the thought of figuring out which air conditioner is right for your steamy East Nashville home makes your break out in a cold sweat, here’s our advice. Too hot to think? Or read? Just email us and we’ll drop by and tell you what we think.
Now, on to our regularly scheduled blog post. The key to comfort and energy savings is finding the air conditioning unit that fits your space. If it’s under-powered, it’ll run all the time and you still won’t feel comfortable. If it’s too powerful, it’ll shut off too quickly, leaving your space cool but clammy. No one likes a clammy room.
You’ll also want to keep efficiency in mind. The energy efficiency ratio (EER) is a measure of how well a cooling system will operate when the temperature outside is 95 degrees. Keep your eyes open for an air-conditioner with an Energy Star label. This tells you that the unit is more efficient than required by government standards. (And then call us to insulate your attic because no matter how efficient your air conditioner is, you won’t get the most for your money — or be as comfortable as you could be — if your home is a heat trap.)
Central air-conditioning is the most common type of cooling system in the United States. More than 75% of households rely on central air. Here in Nashville, package units are about as common as tomato-themed bumper stickers, so it’s a solid choice.
And, because the mechanical components are outside and the ducts are built-in and hidden within the walls, floors, or attic, central air is the most quiet and discreet option.
However, most central air systems lack room-by-room control, so if you want to sleep in spring-like comfort, you’ll have to cool the rest of your home, too. Large homes or apartment buildings may require more than one unit for adequate cooling.
DUCTLESS MINI-SPLIT AIR-CONDITIONER
If central air is not an option, a ductless mini-split system may be your best bet. These slender units are mounted on a wall and operated by remote control. Although ductless mini-splits require an outdoor compressor, they don’t rely on bulky ductwork.
Ductless mini-split systems — which we happen to love — are highly efficient, as each unit can be controlled separately. These systems can also provide heating so they’re perfect for that now-vacant backyard Airbnb.
Cheap and easy to DIY install, window units are among the most popular options for cooling individual rooms.
To figure out what size you need, measure the room you want to cool and calculate the overall square footage. You can find the recommended cooling capacity (measured in British thermal units, or BTUs, per hour) for your room size at Energystar.gov/roomac.
Don’t want to block the view of your neighbors with an unsightly window unit? Built-in air-conditioners, or through-wall units, are mounted in a metal sleeve that goes through an opening cut in the wall. Which means you’d have to cut a massive hole in your home.
Built-in AC can be noisy and inefficient, though, so if you swing it, go with a mini-split.
Last resort alert! Portable air conditioners are free-standing units and they tend to be more expensive, less efficient, and even noisier than window units. They sit inside the home (or workshop) and distribute coolish air through unsightly dryer-like venting snaking through your house.
Cumberland Cooling is East Nashville’s premier heating and cooling service, installation, and repair company. We’re always on time, we’re available for emergencies 24/7, and we truly care about our customers. Wes agrees:
“Cumberland Cooling changes the game. I used to dread calling an HVAC company. Now I actually look forward to the experience. The team at Cumberland Cooling is the absolute best and a great example of a customer-first experience. They will return your message almost immediately, they’re always on-time, and their service charges never leave you feeling shocked.
— Wes, via Google Reviews
Give the friendly folks at Cumberland Cooling a call at 615-576-0742.