Types of air conditioners

There are four types of air conditioners in use today worldwide. These vary a great deal and are used in different scenarios. The first kind available is a type referred to as room air conditioners, which are operated using household power – normally electricity. They are broken down into three distinct kinds; window models, console-type air conditioners and self-contained systems.

Window air conditioners are very popular and they are inexpensive to buy and give the homeowner flexibility, due to the fact that they can be moved to other rooms as required. They are normally fitted to the bottom section of a home’s windows. Consoles are also used although less frequently. These are free-standing models and are quite a bit larger than the previous type described. Because they rely on pulling air from outside the home, they need to be located near a window or other form of outdoor ventilation.

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Self-contained models are larger, but these can make an entire home pleasantly cool during warmer weather.

Central air conditioning has gained in popularity over the years. As the name suggests, the cool air is drawn into homes from a central unit that usually is situated outside the home. If a property has a flat roof that is easy accessible, this is an idea location for a central air conditioning unit as it is out of sight and yet still available for maintenance. The cool air is sent to the various rooms in the house by means of electrically operated fans which are hidden from view. The air is released into the rooms through unobtrusive vents in the walls or the ceiling. These are easy to maintain because of the main operating system being contained within the one central unit. Today’s sophisticated systems are very controllable as cool air can be programmed to be sent to various parts of the home or building. They can also be programmed on timers. The third type of air conditioning installation is a combination of the previously-described types and is often used in larger buildings such as factories, schools and business premises. As both systems have their own advantages, a combination of the two can make the most of their individual features. These can be complex systems as they often work by conditioning and distributing a mixture of air from outside the building and the air from inside. The result is an ideal temperature at any time of year.

Finally, we have air conditioning systems that are used for transport. With so much more mobility these days, society demands that we have the same conditioned air when we travel as we do when we’re at home. In motor vehicles, the air conditioning system is hidden under the hood. The unit runs using power from the engine of the vehicle. A belt provides power to the condenser and evaporator and the resultant cool air is blown though the air vents within the vehicle to ensure the driver’s and passengers’ comfort. Airplanes, buses and railroad trains have their own sophisticated systems to create cool, fresh air for the comfort of travelers. Thanks to technology, we can all enjoy temperature controlled air at home, at work or when we are traveling.

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