Air conditioning units are essential to keeping our homes and businesses livable despite Nevada’s high temperatures. But which type of unit is the best option for your home or business? There are several considerations when selecting an air conditioning unit. Think about the size of your living or working space and how you utilize the space. Are you primarily cooling one room, or an entire building? Of course, you will want to get the best bang for your buck. So, considering how efficient an air conditioning unit will be is key to determining whether it is the right choice for your space. 

Penny Electric knows the importance of staying comfortable at home and at work. Our experienced technicians can provide quotes, give advice on installation techniques, and make necessary electrical upgrades to prepare your home or business for an air conditioning unit. There are numerous brands and models of air conditioning units. The process of narrowing down options can easily become overwhelming. To get started on the right track, here are the most common types of air conditioning units available. 

Central Air Conditioners

Excellent, long-term investment for cooling your entire home or business, central air conditioners can be appropriately sized to meet seasonal heating and cooling needs of any building. 

  • Price range $3,500 to $13,000.
  • Energy efficiency based on 1-ton of cooling capacity (12,000 BTU’s) for every 600-square feet of living space.
  • Professional installation consists of an exterior compressor and heat pump, and interior system of ductwork.
  • Significantly low noise.
  • Units typically provide heating and cooling capabilities.
  • Seasonally clean air filters and condenser coils. Annual, professional maintenance to check refrigerant levels, thermostat accuracy, and inspect electrical connections and ductwork will keep your unit running smoothly.

Mini-Split Air Conditioners

A ductless system, mini-split air conditioners can be adjusted remotely to individually regulate the temperature of any room throughout your home or business. 

  • Price range $650 to $6,000.
  • Energy efficiency ranges from 12,000 BTU’s to 48,000 BTU’s.
  • Professional installation consists of exterior compressor and heat pump, interior converter boxes, electrical wiring, copper refrigerant lines, and drainage tubing.
  • Significantly low noise.
  • Units typically provide heating and cooling capabilities.
  • Seasonally clean air filters and condenser coils. Annual, professional maintenance to check refrigerant levels, thermostat accuracy, and inspect electrical connections will keep your unit running smoothly. 

Window Unit

A tried and true cooling system, technological advancements have greatly improved the energy efficiency of window units. Window air conditioners are simple to install and maintain at your home or business.  

  • Price range $100 to $1,500.
  • Energy efficiency ranges from 5,000 BTU’s to 36,000 BTU’s (estimate 20 BTU’s for every 1-square foot of living space).
  • Easy to install into a window or wall with appropriate base support, designed to vent outwardly.
  • Medium to low noise.
  • Units can provide cooling capability only or heating and cooling capabilities.
  • Seasonally clean air filters or replace filters as needed.

Portable Unit

Versatile units, portable air conditioners can be relocated to any room throughout your home or business for efficient cooling wherever you want to be. 

  • Price range from $400 to $1,200.
  • Energy efficiency ranges from 8,000 BTU’s to 16,000 BTU’s (estimate 20 BTU’s for every 1-square foot of living space).
  • Mobile, wheel affixed base enables easy location to any room, designed to exhaust via tubing or a removable drip pan.
  • Significantly low noise.
  • Units can provide cooling capability only or heating and cooling capabilities. 
  • Seasonally clean air filters or replace filters as needed. 

Penny Electric is your full-service residential and commercial electrician. We will help you to keep your cool. Contact us today!