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3 Types Of Air Conditioners For Your Rental Property

When you buy an air conditioner for your personal home, you'll be looking not only at up-front costs but also at considerations such as cost to run it and cooling power. When you're shopping for an air conditioner for a rental property, you have different focuses. You want an AC unit that's cost-effective upfront and easy to maintain throughout its life.

If you're in a position to purchase an AC unit for a rental house, below are three types to consider.

1. Central Air Conditioner

The most common whole-house air conditioner is central air. This system consists of a condenser outside the house and an evaporator unit inside the house. The condenser unit cools refrigerant for the evaporator inside the house. The air cools by blowing over the evaporator coils. A blower fan disperses the air throughout the house via a system of ductwork.

Central air units can vary widely in price and installation costs. However, you can easily find budget-friendly options. Central air requires that system of ducts. If your rental house doesn't have ductwork, central air is an expensive option because you'll have to have the ducts installed.

2. Ductless Air Conditioner

The typical replacement for a central air conditioner when you don't have ductwork is ductless AC. With this system, you still have the condenser unit outside. However, it connects to individual units inside the house via small pipes routed by separation tubes. The cold air comes directly from these units.

A benefit of ductless air is adaptability. You can choose a mini-split system, which maintains a temperature across all rooms, or a multi-split system, which allows for different temperatures in each room. A ductless system is ideal if you don't have any ductwork in your house.

3. PTAC Air Conditioner

The PTAC (packaged terminal air conditioner) unit is another option if you don't have ductwork. These air conditioners are a little like a permanent version of the window unit. Instead of sitting in a window, though, they're installed through the wall. They're "unitary," which means all the cooling components are housed in the single unit.

PTAC units do require that contractors cut a hole through the wall, into which the unit is mounted. Nonetheless, they tend to be cheaper to install than a ductless air conditioner. PTAC units are suitable for small properties or for one with an open floor plan. Otherwise, you need to install a unit in each room.

Consider one of the above cooling options for your rental property.

For more information, reach out to an HVAC dealer in your area.