New Air Conditioner Trends to Watch

Stewart Unsdorfer
Updated May 9, 2016
ductless mini-split air conditioners
Two wall-mounted mini-split A/C units cool this workshop. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Mark D. of Piedmont, Oklahoma)

Ductless mini-split, Trane and modulating air conditioners are contemporary, quality options.

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Air conditioning technology continues to move toward an ideal home cooling solution. Consider these air conditioner trends when you upgrade.

Ductless mini-split air conditioner units

Mini-split air conditioning systems are one worthwhile development in the HVAC world. These systems save power and work more efficiently for zoned heating or cooling.

As with central A/C systems, these feature an indoor air management system and an outdoor compressor. But unlike traditional systems, a mini-split’s outdoor compressor connects to two to four indoor air management units in different zones without any ductwork. Each indoor unit, typically wall-mounted, has its own thermostat.

Here are three key advantages of mini-split A/C systems:

1. Flexibility in zone heating and cooling

Having multiple air conditioning units connected to one outside handler allows for unique zone cooling. A mini-split A/C makes it easy to adjust the condition of the air in specific areas. This design allows the system to cool or heat only the occupied spaces, saving you money and protecting the environment.

mini-split air conditioner condenser
One exterior condenser can support up to four interior mini-split units. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

2. Hassle-free A/C installation

The fitting and set up of a mini-split A/C system is easier than most might think.

The power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing and condensate drain all reside inside a conduit that links the outdoor and indoor units. And the conduit only requires a 3-inch hole in an outside wall.

3. Convenience of a ductless air conditioner

Tubes and ducts for traditional space conditioning deplete about 30 percent of the energy. With ductless mini-split systems, the fear of excess energy loss is eliminated. Moreover, your room will not appear cluttered with the long tubes and wiring.

A mini-split system is a good option if you want to add air conditioning to a boiler-heated home. Since these homes lack the appropriate ductwork, simply connecting a central A/C to existing forced-air ductwork is not an option.

Other new air conditioning options

In addition to mini-split systems, the demand for impeccable air conditioning with the lowest power consumption has led to the emergence of Trane A/C and fully modulating systems. Both are highly efficient and flawless technological systems for air conditioning.

Convenience of a Trane A/C system

A Trane unit is the most comfortable and energy efficient A/C system with cutting-edge smart technology. Here are a few of this system's attributes:

• Trane units come with an increase in energy efficiency up to 50 percent

• The system does not use harmful coolants that affect the environment and increase climate change

• The cooling attribute is well tuned and consistent

The luxury of fully modulating A/C systems

A modulating A/C system allows for balanced temperatures, quiet cooling and better humidity levels. 

Modulation technology simply refers to the compressor’s variable speed ability. The compressor’s variable working capacity speeds up or slows down to meet the home’s cooling demand. A modulated compressor can function at a low compression rate, so its power consumption is highly reduced.

Are you thinking about upgrading your air conditioning system? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

As of May 9, 2016, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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