We are impressed with the various models available on the market for consumers these days. A split system features one or more inside air handlers and a condenser, which installs outside to reduce noise inside the building. Pipes connecting the two components carry chemical refrigerant back and forth between them.
Our favorite split system is the Pioneer. Read our in-depth review here. It also is pretty easy to install and many of our readers have been able to set the entire unit up in less than a day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7-bmh1GU5sAnother type of air cooling system utilizes the same components as a standard mini split system but the ducting system is different and both components are contained inside a single cabinet. The packaged air cooler is installed outdoors and a duct system circulates cooled air from the system through a hole in the roof or an exterior wall.
Each unit performs as designed when utilized under certain conditions. Packaged systems are more popular for commercial buildings but split systems are installed more often in residential buildings because they are compact and versatile while providing ample cooling capacity.
The British Thermal Unit, or BTU, measures thermal energy and most air conditioners are rated based on this standard. One British Thermal Unit will heat water weighing one pound a single degree Fahrenheit. A ton of air cooling capacity is equivalent to 12,000 BTUs per hour. Except for window and portable air conditioning systems, unit capacity increases in increments of one-half ton.
Individuals who live in certain geographical areas rely on air cooling systems to make the hot and humid summer months bearable but these units can also clear the air of impurities and create a hypoallergenic, clean and safe environment for the building’s occupants.