More Than Cooling: 3 Alternatives To Conventional AC Systems That Will Save Energy

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There are several types of AC systems that you can have installed in your home as an alternative to conventional central HVAC. There are the options for cooling with an evaporative cooler, installing ductless mini split systems, or a high-velocity duct system. Each of these different systems has specific benefits and disadvantages. Here are the best alternatives for cooling if you are looking for something other than conventional HVAC:

1. Evaporative Cooling to Save Energy in Areas with Dry Summers

If you want something that is completely different than air conditioners, evaporative coolers are the solution for dry climates. These are cooling systems that use the evaporation of liquids in dry environments to cool.  The evaporative cooling system works by water flowing over a mat that air is blown through; the water evaporates and this causes a cooling effect that helps make your home cool. Evaporative coolers are an affordable solution, but the downside is that they only work in dry climates with lower humidity.

2. Ductless Air Conditioning for Solutions in Small Spaces 

Ductless air conditioning is another alternative to central HVAC that you may want to consider. If you have done an addition to your home, such as a sunroom, a ductless air conditioner is a great way to add cooling to this space. To add cooling through your home with ductless systems, you will need to use a mini split AC with multiple indoor air handlers. These systems are ideal for small-to-average sized homes, but larger homes may require more than one system to meet cooling needs.

3. High-Velocity AC Systems That Cool Faster and Use Less Energy

High-velocity systems are a somewhat newer solution that works great for many different applications, such as in tight spaces and home renovation projects. These systems use a small diameter pipe that the cool air is forced through. Since the ducts are narrow, the system needs to blow air through the system at a faster rate than conventional AC. The high-velocity airflow gives you the benefit of a system that can quickly cool your home and uses less energy than most conventional central HVAC systems.

These are some of the best alternatives to conventional central HVAC for cooling your home. If you are ready for one of these cooling solutions to be installed in your home, contact an air conditioning repair service and talk with them about ductless or high-velocity AC systems. 

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