In our effort to educate & inform the Lowcountry about their air conditioning options, this Part 4 (of 4) of our complete A/C guide will summarize the first three parts of our guide and review our top picks for A/C brands & manufacturers.
In case you haven’t had time to catch up with our complete guide to air conditioning blog post series, you’re in luck — here’s your chance to catch up with this too-long;didn’t-read (TL;DR) summary that will allow you to quickly review the key points of the series.
Summary: Traditional central air systems & heat pumps are among the most widely used systems due to most houses being already setup with ductwork, blowers & traditional thermostats. Heat pumps allow you to have dual operation (heat in winter & cool in spring). Inefficient when compared to other system types; still rely on ductwork which adds more maintenance costs. Lifespan generally 12-15 years.
> Carolina Climate Control’s Top Traditional A/C Brand Pick: Trane Variable Speed Systems
Summary: Ductless systems are growing in popularity due to flexibility and efficiency of energy use. Mini-Splits offer more granular control over temperature using defined “zones” around your home, each with it’s own separate indoor unit. No ductwork means no more maintaining and/or cleaning costs. Also great for house additions, pool houses and other areas that don’t have ductwork availability. Mini-split lifespans can extend to up to 20 years with proper maintenance.
> Carolina Climate Control’s Top Ductless A/C Brand Pick: Mitsubishi Electric
Summary: The most energy efficient systems on the market, yielding a drop of energy costs due to HVAC almost two-thirds. Draws on almost limitless energy below the surface of the ground. Accommodates both heating and cooling needs with greater efficiency than other systems. Several tax incentives for green projects at the state and federal level to help offset higher installation costs vs traditional systems. Lower monthly energy costs mean geothermal systems pay homeowners back once savings exceed installation costs. Geothermal system lifespans extend up to 25 years for the indoor unit and 100 years for the underground pipes (or “loops”).
> Carolina Climate Control’s Top Geothermal HVAC Brand Pick: WaterFurnace
Thanks for following along & reading this complete Lowcountry A/C guide and we hope you’re now equipped with all the knowledge you need to choose the right air conditioning system for your home in Charleston.