Warm months and stagnant air can bring a new urgency to the steps you need to take in order to be comfortable in your home. If your air conditioner is functioning at a low capacity or if you don't have a central air system at all, it's important that you peruse the options available to you in order to make an informed and comfortable purchase.

Below, you'll find a guide to some of the common types of air conditioners available to install in your home. Developing a better understanding of different systems will allow you to make the right choice for your property, and can help guarantee that you'll remain cool and comfortable for years to come.

Split System

Perhaps the most common system in use in residential properties, a standard split system divides the air conditioning responsibilities between two distinct units while still maintaining one closed system. The interior blower and evaporator work to manage the cold air created by the exterior condenser, and, together, they force air through the ductwork.

If your home has proper air flow and a reasonable amount of yard space for hosting your condenser, this may be the best choice for you. These systems are the most common and therefore the most cost effective, but you should be prepared for faults in one area to be felt throughout the home.

Ductless Mini-Split System

If your home lacks proper ductwork, a ductless mini-split system may serve your needs better. By featuring individual blowers in each of your home's rooms, you can avoid duct installation and instead focus on direct cooling.

While these systems create isolated cooling zones, one consequence of that is the relative lack of air flow that you may experience throughout your home. This does, however, make ductless systems an excellent choice for older homes which were often built to maximize air flow throughout the home.

Geothermal Systems

For homeowners looking to minimize their impact on the environment, a geothermal system may be attractive. Since no fossil fuel use is necessary and the system relies on the natural heating and cooling power of the earth, a geothermal air conditioner can help minimize your carbon footprint. However, you should be aware that they may struggle to keep up in extreme climates, and they may also require alterations to the foundation of your home, which could pose a challenge.

For additional information on your options, contact an HVAC company like A-1 American Services.