How to Choose the Best Air Conditioner for You

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Summer is almost here!

Get ready to welcome the warmer months by making sure your air conditioning units are in tiptop condition.

Generally, there are four different types of air conditioners:

4 Type of Air Conditioners


1. Window type air conditioners

A window type air conditioner has all of its parts and components in one box or casing. The whole case is placed in a window, with the part that ejects heat placed outdoors. Since the room moisture condenses on its evaporator coils, it’s important that window type air conditioners are installed properly and tilt slightly outwards so it drips properly.

Window type air conditioner units come in many sizes. They can be as small as 5,000 BTUs (enough to cool small rooms around 10×10 in size) and as big as 28,000 BTUs.


  • Simple to install
  • Easy to maintain
  • Generally costs less


  • Needs a window space on the wall/specific window size
  • Must be near an electrical outlet
  • Can be noisy

2. Portable air conditioners

Portable air conditioners are like window type aircons in the sense that they are also self-contained units, with its evaporator coils and condenser coils in one case. The difference is that unlike window type air conditioners, portable ac can be moved from one room to another, wherever it may be needed. You also need to remove the condensed water from a tray, as it does not drip outside the unit.

Portable ac can be used for rooms smaller than 500 sq. ft. Some people choose portable air conditioners when there is no space for other types of ac, or when they need it to temporarily cool a space.


  • Easy to use as there is no need to install
  • Portable and can be moved where it’s needed
  • Can be stored


  • Can get noisier than a window type ac
  • High energy consumption
  • Can only cool small rooms

3. Split type air conditioners

Split type air conditioners are popular in homes that do not have HVAC units. Compared to window type and portable air conditioners, the condensing unit and evaporative unit are “split” into two terminal boxes. The condensing unit which has the compressor is placed outside, while the evaporative unit which is the part of the ac that cools the room is placed inside the room.


  • Easily and effective cools large rooms
  • Can be installed easily with little ductwork


  • May not be enough to cool large homes
  • Need to find space for the condensing unit outdoors

4. Central air conditioning unit

Like the split type air conditioner, the condensing and evaporative units of central air conditioners are separated into two boxes. The difference is that central air conditioning units can cool multiple rooms and even entire homes. A refrigerant tubing connects the two.


  • Cools rooms that are connected to the ducts
  • Home temperature can be regulated in a central system
  • Air circulates in the entire house, in all rooms


  • Consumes higher energy
  • If there are problems with the ducts, all rooms will be affected
  • Need the right size to be installed properly. If it’s too small, it will not cool the rooms effectively. If it’s too large, it will not dehumidify enough.

Regardless of the type, all air conditioners need regular maintenance and repairs to make sure they are in proper, safe working conditions. You can rely on our technicians at Tri-County Heating & Air to help you make sure you are ready for summer. Call us at 770-735-1994 for all your cooling needs. We provide 24/7 emergency air conditioner repair services.


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