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When it comes to looking for a new air conditioning system, the task may seem daunting. We’re here to help clear it up some for you. Let’s begin with some of the main systems used here in Florida.

Central Air Conditioning Units

These are amongst the most common types of AC units seen around. These consist of either ductless or “split” system designs that efficiently cool your home.

Central Air Conditioning

central air conditioning unit

When it comes to choosing your new AC system, it’s best to understand the differences between the main systems. This will help you make a better, more informed decision. We want you to choose the solution that fits your budget and lifestyle.

True central air conditioning systems use ducts to distribute cool air throughout your home. Sometimes known as “split systems,” they use ducting to split the air into all the necessary rooms.

“Heat pumps” are a variation of this type of unit that act as a heater and air conditioner.

“Mini” Split Ductless Systems

ductless mini split system

Like the name implies, these air conditioning systems do not use ducting to distribute cool air. They act much like window air conditioner units, but the cooling they provide feels much like a central air conditioning. These kinds of units have an outside condenser and compressor that feed one or more air handlers that are mounted indoors, high onto a wall.

Packaged Air Units

packaged ac unit

Mostly found in mobile offices, office buildings, and in some cases mobile homes, packaged units contain all the necessary heating and cooling components into one “packaged” unit.

Important Factors When Looking for a New Central AC System

Knowing the type of AC system you may need is half the battle. When you are choosing the right AC system, size and efficiency are amongst the most important factors to look out for.


Size, measured in tons, determines the amount of square footage the unit can cover. One ton of cooling equals about 12,000 Btu/hr. This Energy Star resource gives some more detailed information on what size system you need depending on your home or office size.


Efficiency is measured in SEERs. SEER stands for seasonal energy-efficiency. The minimum SEER for split systems is 14, so when looking for the right AC system, aim for higher SEER unit.  The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient the system will be; and the more money you save!


If you have any questions, as always feel free to call us at (352) 463-2380. We are glad to help in anyway we can especially, when it comes to getting you back to being comfortable.

Choosing The Right AC System