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It does not matter if you want to install a traditional air conditioning system or a ductless one – you can always count on us to deliver a seamless solution.

We always strive to remain up to date with all the latest developments in new air conditioning technologies. We conduct regular training sessions to inspect, repair, and install the latest models of air conditioners. When you choose our services, you get a qualified and licensed professional who knows how to execute the task properly and effectively.

We work with top of the line brands such as Samsung Ductless mini-split AC systems and York HVAC gas warm air and AC equipment, giving you the very best options to choose the right AC system for your family’s needs.

The sun is shining, the temperatures are warm, and that means summertime is here. If you live in New England, chances are you have an air conditioning unit keeping you comfortable during the summer months. In fact, 90% of single-family homes built in 2019 have an air conditioning system, which includes 99% in the South and 62% in the West. As parts of the country see extreme temperatures that exceed 100 degrees, having a well-functioning AC unit is essential.

Today, there are many different types of air conditioners on the market. While some are small and compact, others are large and powerful. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, it’s important to understand the different options out there.

Let’s now look at the various types of AC systems to choose from, including the pros and cons of each option. We’ll then include a FAQ section that covers the most popular questions about air conditioning.

Air Conditioning Systems & Frequently Asked Questions

AC Systems Available Today

Did you know AC units use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the country? That equates to nearly $30 billion in yearly costs for homeowners. These systems come in various shapes and sizes, and many of them are built for specific cooling needs. Here are the most common AC units on the market today:

Central Air Conditioner

A central air conditioner is one of the most popular HVAC systems out there. While these are suitable for millions of homes and businesses across the country, they aren’t always the best option for your space.

Pro: Dependability

Con: Higher energy costs

One great thing about a central air conditioner is that the temperatures stay pretty consistent all year long. Given this high level of peace of mind, these systems are great for areas with extreme temperatures. Once these AC units are powered on, they effectively cool a space and can maintain a constant temperature. This adds a high level of convenience and dependability.

While a central AC system works great at keeping you cool, running these units can be expensive. In fact, for the average home with a central AC unit, the system uses around 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. Given the high level of power used by these units, they’re suitable for areas that see extreme temperatures.

Portable AC Unit

An AC portable system is a compact unit that can effectively cool an indoor space. However, these typically only work for small rooms or apartments. These small AC unit models have advanced greatly over the years, and there are many affordable options to choose from.

Pro: Great for mild climates and small spaces

Con: Poor energy efficiency

Do you live in a small apartment? Live somewhere with mild temperatures? If any of these are true, a portable air conditioner may be the right system for you. Sometimes called a room air conditioner, these units are designed to effectively cool a bedroom, living room, or an entire studio apartment.

If you’re searching for an energy-efficient cooling system, a portable, small AC unit isn’t the best solution. While these can effectively cool a small space, they aren’t designed to be used for long periods. If used throughout the day, this can certainly cause a spike in your energy bills.

Ductless Air Conditioner

Install of a 5 zone Ductless Gree heat pump air conditioning system in Chelmsford MA.

Also called a mini split AC unit, a ductless air conditioner is another very popular cooling system. There are a wide variety of mini split air conditioner options on the market today with various price points and features.

Pro: No bulky system

Con: Frequent maintenance

A central AC unit may work great, but these systems take up tons of room. But with a ductless AC system, these are hardly even noticeable. These split AC unit systems only require a small hole to be drilled into the wall, meaning less mess and no bulky air conditioner.

Many homeowners don’t purchase a ductless system because of the maintenance requirements. Every single month, the ductless system’s filter must be washed. And it’s important to never miss this task – ductless fans can’t handle excessive debris accumulation. It is a very easy thing to do to keep your system happily and quietly cooling your living space.

Window AC Unit

Another popular AC system for small spaces and mild climates is a window air conditioner. These units have been around for quite some time, and the technology has advanced dramatically over the years.

Pro: Easy air conditioning installation

Con: Security risk

When installing the standard central AC unit, the process is extensive. From ductwork to installing a thermostat, the process is long and costly. But when installing an air conditioner window unit, everything is easy and straightforward. Also, these units are flexible enough to fit into single or double windows, including other areas.

One downside of a window HVAC system is that it can lead to security problems. As these systems simply sit in a window, they can easily be pulled out, allowing thieves to enter your home with ease.

Wall AC Unit

An air conditioner wall unit is another very popular type of cooling system. While these work similarly to window systems, there are some key differences to consider.

Pro: Strong cooling power

Con: Can’t cool your entire home

While a wall unit isn’t the most effective system for cooling an entire home, it does provide more power than a window AC unit. Also, as these systems have multiple BTUs and high-quality fans, they can typically cool a space very quickly.

Unfortunately, while a wall unit is powerful, it can’t take the place of a central air conditioner. If you live somewhere with extremely warm temperatures, a wall unit may not be the best system for your needs.

Personal Air Conditioner

Do you always have a fan blowing on your face at home or work? Are you only looking for a little cooling power? If so, a personal AC unit could be perfect for you. These devices can be as small as your cell phone, but they still have enough power to keep you cool.

Pro: Very inexpensive

Con: Only minor cooling power

A personal air conditioner is the most cost-effective cooling system on the market. In fact, these units can be found online for as little as $50. There are a wide variety of options, all with different features and capabilities.

When a personal AC unit is pointed directly at you, you may notice a difference in comfort. But when it’s aimed in another direction, it’s hard to feel the effects. That said, these systems aren’t effective at cooling larger areas, even entire rooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

With so many systems to consider, you may have some questions as it pertains to air conditioning. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the topic:

How much does air conditioning service cost?

Most systems need service at some point. For regular AC repairing and AC service, the average cost is usually between $250 to $350 per unit depending on what type and how accessible it is. 

What are the leading air conditioners on the market today?

While there are a wide variety of cooling systems to consider, some models are leading the pack in terms of cooling power and energy efficiency. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line AC unit, check out York Affinity Systems. These innovative air conditioners are packed-full of energy-efficient capabilities in a durable, long-lasting unit. We also recommend and install Samsung Ductless High Efficient Mini-split systems! 

When should I replace my air conditioner?

Knowing when to replace your AC unit isn’t easy. However, there are a few signs that may indicate it’s time for a replacement. If your system is over ten years old, you might consider upgrading. Systems this old may drop in performance while also increasing energy bills.

How do I find service for HVAC near me?

When you need heating and air conditioning service, you’ll want to find the most trusted provider in your area. If you live in the Chelmsford & greater Lowell Area of Massachusetts or the surrounding area, look no further than DiBacco Plumbing, Heating and Cooling!

To find the perfect air conditioning system for your home, Email DiBacco Plumbing Heating and Cooling today for more information.

Gree Air Conditioning System Install

Gree Air Conditioning System Install in Concord, Massachusetts

Today we’re in Concord, Massachusetts, where we’re going to remove this 20 year old failed Mitsubishi, Mr. Slim, R22 unit that was infested with mice and they’ve chewed up all the wiring, making it inoperable. Our client here is going to have us replace the system. It’s a single zone unit. It goes up to the master bedroom and it serves their air conditioning. So today we’re going to remove this old unit and install a new GREE Sapphire, which is their 38 SEER, the highest electrically efficient unit they make. So this should be fun. Going to get the R22 refrigerant out of this system. We’re going to recover it to EPA standards so we don’t release any into the ozone layer and then Michael “Pipes” DiBacco and I will get this unit swapped out and we’ll check back in with you later when we’re done.

All right, we’re back in Concord here.

Just wanted to show you the completed upgrade to this system where removed the old Mitsubishi R22 single zone cooling unit off that pad. We wall mounted this new high efficiency Sapphire Gree unit, which is 38 SEER Rated. So it’s the highest efficient unit Gree makes. All new line set, we ran it up the old slim duct enclosure that came off nice and neat. So we were able to reuse it. So it’s a color match to the house paint. Everything is tied in and functioning, I’ll show you the inside. Hold on… 

Here we are at the indoor unit. This is a GREE sapphire, 9000 BTU, 38 SEER Ductless heat pump unit.

That’s the finished product. Now they’ll be nice and chill! 

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