Cooling Options for Arizona Homeowners
In Arizona, it’s no surprise that air conditioning is a necessity for pretty much everyone. When the temperature hits over 100 degrees, it’s hard to imagine a world without air conditioning. And with advancements in technology and innovation, there are several options available for homeowners in Arizona looking to stay cool.
Here are the different options for Arizona homeowners and how they might fit into your home.
Central Air Conditioning
Central air is perhaps the most popular, efficient, and convenient method of cooling your home, especially in Arizona. A central air conditioning system uses a single unit to create cool air through a unique process. That cool air is then blown throughout your home via a series of ducts and vents. All of this is controlled by a thermostat, where you can pinpoint the right temperature for your home.
The benefits of central air include increased control, which means increased efficiency. You can set your system to turn on and off automatically to keep a specific temperature. When you have a home with several rooms, window air conditioners become very inefficient, and a central air system will help you save money on energy.
Central air conditioners require yearly maintenance to continue working as intended. They tend to last upwards of 10 years if taken care of.
Ductless Mini Splits
Ductless mini-splits are another popular option for homeowners looking to either add to their existing HVAC apparatus or cool a small home. Mini-splits are standalone units that are not connected to any ductwork. Rather, the indoor unit is connected via a couple of wires and pipes to a small outdoor unit.
Mini-splits are also efficient and can usually be controlled with a remote. The downside is that the unit isn’t connected to your central air system if you have one. But the upside is that you don’t have to worry about ductwork if using these in a home extension, shed, or basement.
Evaporative coolers, or swamp coolers, are a different type of system that provides recurring fresh air in your home. And we know it sounds crazy, but you’ll need to keep your windows open. It’s true!
Swamp coolers collect moisture in the air by passing it over saturated water pads, which reduces the temperature of the air by about 15 to 40 degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That cooler air then pushes out the warm air in your home through your windows, which is why they need to remain slightly open.
Swamp coolers use much less energy than central air conditioners and cost less to install. But they require more maintenance to keep running. Also, swamp coolers can only be used in low-humidity regions, like here in Arizona.
We’ve talked about cooling options that you can install and run in your home, but what about ways to cool down that are unrelated to your AC system? There are small things you can do around the house to prevent heat from building up and costing you more money on air conditioning.
Improving your home’s insulation will help you keep in that cool air your AC is creating. Make sure cracks and openings are sealed around all doors and windows. Also, adding dark curtains and keeping them closed as much as possible will keep the sun out and help keep the temperature down.
Expert Service on All Types of Air Conditioning Systems
For all air conditioning maintenance and repair, turn to the team at Rainforest Plumbing and Air. Our team is here to help you stay cool in the hot Arizona weather. Contact us today at (602) 755-2995 for more information and to make an appointment.