Quiz: What Type of Air Conditioner is Best for You?

Quiz: What Type of Air Conditioner is Best for You?

Looking to cool off? There are various models, brands and types of air conditioners out there. Which one is right for your building? Learn about air conditioning basics with our quiz to see which kind is right for you.

 

1. Where will your unit be installed?

A. In just one room.
B. In my home or apartment.
C. In a large building, like a facility or an office.

2. Is it important that you have control over the temperature?

A. Yes — I want full control over the temperature.
B. Somewhat — I want to be able to turn the system on off/make changes.
C. Not at all — I’m looking for a system that produces a constant temperature throughout the day.

3. How much does price factor into your decision?

A. A lot — I only want a system that regulates one space with a small price tag.
B. Somewhat —I need it to be affordable, but it also needs to last long term.
C. Not much at all —The most important factor is that it circulates air throughout a large space consistently.

4. How much maintenance are you willing to perform?

A. As much as need, even on a monthly basis.
B. Annual routine maintenance and if anything comes up.
C. Little to none, I would prefer to leave it to an HVAC professional.

5. Is energy efficiency an important factor?

A. Yes
B. Maybe
C. It’s something I’ll consider.

RESULTS

Mostly a’s: Room Air Conditioner

Cool a small space with a room or window unit. These air conditioners are a much more economical option than central air conditioning systems. You can completely control the temperature for optimal personalization. Although these units typically require monthly maintenance, it can be done yourself.

Mostly b’s: Central Air Conditioner

Central AC units are the most common when it comes to cooling off your entire home. This system treats air centrally and then distributes it in your rooms with fans and ducts. Advanced models can even be energy efficient, if you’re looking for a green option.

Mostly c’s: Ductless, Mini Split Air Conditioner

If you need to cool a large building or facility, a ductless mini split air conditioner is the way to go. These systems have two components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. Because of their size, they’re flexible and easy to install, though the upfront price can be fairly costly. However, most current models can have as many as four indoor handling units connected to one outdoor system, which can save energy and money.

The product statements contained herein are intended for informational purposes only. Such product statements do not constitute a product recommendation or representation as to the appropriateness for a specific application or use. W. W. Grainger, Inc. does not guarantee the result of product operation or assume any liability for personal injury or property damage resulting from the use of such products.

Sources:

https://energy.gov/energysaver/air-conditioning

https://energy.gov/energysaver/room-air-conditioners

https://energy.gov/energysaver/ductless-mini-split-air-conditioners

https://energy.gov/energysaver/central-air-conditioning

Pub. 6/2017

The product statements contained herein are intended for informational purposes only. Such product statements do not constitute a product recommendation or representation as to the appropriateness for a specific application or use. W. W. Grainger, Inc. does not guarantee the result of product operation or assume any liability for personal injury or property damage resulting from the use of such products.