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Your Options for AC Installation

If it’s time to upgrade your air conditioning system, you may be researching all of your various options. Our team is here to help. We install a wide variety of HVAC systems and can help you with all of your needs from installation to maintenance and even air conditioning repair in Fort Wayne, IN.

You can keep reading to learn more about your options for air conditioning installation. Then give our team a call to schedule your in-home assessment. We can help you review all of these options in greater detail and help you pick the system that fits your family’s unique needs. 

Central AC

There’s a good chance that you already have a central air conditioner installed in your home. It’s considered the gold standard of air conditioning, and is one of the best all-around systems if you want to cool your entire home.

Central air conditioners have a single indoor and outdoor unit that connect to a series of ductwork that networks throughout your home and connects to air vents. Cool air gets channeled through these ducts and blows out into your home through the connected vents. 

The ductwork can be somewhat problematic if it is not laid out correctly and completely sealed. If even just one fifth of the cool air escapes instead of blowing into your home, your energy costs could double.

However, you can stay ahead of this problem by scheduling air conditioning maintenance every single year and giving our team an opportunity to assess your AC unit and ductwork for any potential problems. 

Heat Pump

A heat pump is a step up from a central air conditioner. It works very similarly, although it also has a reversing valve that allows it to act as a heater in addition to an air conditioner. The reversing valve allows refrigerant to run through the lines in the opposite direction and bring heat into your home during the winter months. This eliminates the need for a separate heater in your home and may help you win back some storage space.

Heat pumps are known to be highly efficient, although they do require biannual maintenance. But if you really think about it, you would also be scheduling maintenance twice per year if you had separate heating and air conditioning systems. It’s really the same, you’re just scheduling the maintenance for a single system instead of separate ones.

Ductless AC

A ductless mini split air conditioner offers the ability to customize temperatures for each individual room of your home. There are miniature heat pumps that get installed in each room of your home so that you can have a unique temperature for each area.

And yes, you can run heating in one room and cooling in another all at the same time. That is why mini splits are more expensive to install upfront. But you also stand to save more on your monthly energy bills, so the cost and savings can balance out over the life of the unit.


A geothermal unit works very similarly to a heat pump. However, instead of relying on air to transfer heat away from or into your home, a geothermal unit has a network of conductors installed under the ground in your yard. In the summer, heat gets transferred away from your home into these conductors in the ground. In the winter the system pulls heat from the ground and blows it into your home.

Zone Control Options

If you have a central air conditioner or a heat pump, we can also upgrade these units by installing zone control options. You will have flaps inside of the ductwork that allows you to cool separate areas of your home while not cooling others. This does not offer the same level of customization that a ductless mini split has, but there is more control than if you had a standard central air conditioner.

True Comfort, True Savings. The team at Colliers Comfort is here to serve you. Schedule an appointment today for AC service.

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