If your air conditioner stops working in the middle of the summer when the heat is unbearable it can quickly turn from simply annoying to an emergency.  SOS Appliance Repair provides quick, cost effective repairs and we see it as part of our duty to ensure that your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when it’s hot outside.

There are a variety of solutions for cooling and heating a home or apartment; here are a few units you might have seen that offer cooling solutions.

Through the Wall Air Conditioners

Through-the-wall-Air-Conditioners are rather similar to window air conditioner units but instead of being installed into a window they are installed directly into the wall as their name implies.  A vent to the outside of the home needs to be drilled through the wall with electrical wires and additional supports inside of the wall to assist with bearing the weight of the unit.  With all of these extra steps needed most will need a professional to install the unit since not only basic carpentry but electrical know-how is needed.  Most through the wall ACs will protrude out from the wall slightly but some can be installed flush with the wall.  One thing to watch out for is that not all units come with sleeves and they are absolutely required to install the unit properly unless the air conditioner can be completely removed from its’ case.

Ductless Air Conditioners

Ductless or Mini Split Air Conditioners are typically installed in homes where a central AC unit is not installed already but cooling is desired for individual rooms through the home.  They are particularly useful where window ACs or portable ACs are not desired or there are no windows at all to use those styles.  Since they do not use ducts they can be relatively inexpensive to install.  Rather than using duct work they utilize two components to function:  The first is a compressor unit installed outside of the home and the second is the unit that actually distributes the air inside.  The second unit is typically installed near the ceiling on a wall that is exterior facing.  Copper lines will run between the interior units and the outside compressor where the air is cooled and sent back in to be pushed through the mini split AC.  Using several inside units with a single outside compressor can easily allow for cooling the whole home without excessive expense or ducts.

Central Air Conditioners

Central Air Conditioners can be very similar to a Mini Split air conditioning unit in the sense that it will have a compressor outside that pushes cool air inside of the house.  The major difference between the styles lies in that a Central AC unit requires ducts to function; because of this these units are normally installed along with a central furnace so that they can share the duct work and keep a home comfortable in both summer and winter.  Most modern homes will possess either this style of unit or a heat pump.  This style has several benefits; since air is cycled in and out of the house through a filter the air tends to be cleaner, since the compressor unit is outside of the home it tends to run more quietly than cheaper indoor units.  As a drawback however Central ACs tend to be expensive and unless you already have a duct system, or be willing to handle the expense of installing such a system, you cannot use it.

Heat Pumps

Those not familiar with how a Heat Pump works might be confused on why this is in with Air Conditioners but a heat pump can both heat and cool a home.   Heat pumps work by separating hot and cold air and then venting the desired type into the home.  Since they rely on the surrounding ambient air temperature they do not work as well as a more traditional furnace or air conditioner and they cannot do much in the face of extreme temperatures.  Since these useful units can handle both hot and cold however they can be very handy and they tend to be cheaper than purchasing two separate units to handle each job.  Heat pumps also require ducts to vent air so they are not an option in homes or apartments where they are not already there or can be installed.  One extra perk that can be had with a heat pump is that one style of dryer uses a heat pump to regulate the air it uses for heating and it works better than any other style of dryer.  You can find more information on that style on our dryer page.