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Air conditioning is one of the best inventions of all time. Without one, things can get pretty uncomfortable – and in some cases, dangerous – when the temperatures rise. If you’re on the market for a new AC, you’ll find that there are a lot of different options to choose from. Having an understanding of the different options before you start shopping is key so you can determine which one will best suit your needs.

Central AC

If you want to cool multiple rooms at one time, a central AC is a good choice. It features a split system, which regulates and distributes air through ducts that are installed in different locations throughout your home.

Mini-Split

Mini-splits feature an outdoor unit that houses a compressor and a condenser and feature one or more indoor units. Unlike central AC, mini-splits are ductless systems (hence why they’re often called ductless ACs). One or more indoor units equipped with air blowers are installed inside and deliver cooled air that’s generated in the outdoor unit they’re connected to. Mini-splits can be used to cool a single room or multiple locations.

Window and Wall ACs

If you’re looking to cool a single room, a window or wall AC would do the job. They feature a single unit that houses all of the components and they eject heat out of the outdoor component and blows cooled air into the space it’s located in via the indoor component.