The Best Air Conditioners of 2021: Buying Guide

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Please note: This article was updated April 29th, 2021.

It’s that time of year again – flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping and the temperature is on the rise. Summer’s right around the corner and it may be time for you to start thinking about how you’ll cool your home during the upcoming hot, sunny months.

With so many different options to choose from, trying to figure out exactly which air conditioning system to purchase can prove a daunting and overwhelming task. That’s why we at Total Home Supply have put together this comprehensive AC buying guide to help you identify what to look for when shopping for a new AC unit. Take a look at some of our top picks, then head on over to our website to shop and get free shipping on your order!

Air Conditioner TypeTop Product
Window ACFriedrich CCW12B10A
Through-the-Wall ACGE AJCQ12DCH
Most Efficient ACPanasonic XE12SKUA-1
Heating & Cooling ACGE AZ65H15DAB
Multi-Zone Mini Split ACPanasonic CU-5E36QBU-5

More details on the top air conditioners of 2021 below.

Mini Split System Cost: A Comprehensive Guide

A Guide to Mini Split Costs Air Conditioner

Maybe you’re trying to find the perfect heating or cooling supplement for your home or a single room. Maybe you’re examining alternative options to a ducted heating system. Or maybe you’re just curious about the different types of mini-split heat pumps, and you’ve noticed that they seem to cost more to install than some other home system. Why is this the case? And with such a high installation cost, is the investment worth it?

We’ve broken down the cost efficiency and whether or not mini splits are worth the savings. Depending on the usage and the expectations, mini-splits can be a highly beneficial system that performs as desired and brings the comfort you need.

What’s a Mini-Split AC System?

What's a mini split ac system

Every home needs a cooling system for comfort. It feels amazing to walk into a cool house on sweltering summer days. But what type of air conditioner can help you sleep better at night and more importantly keep your electricity bill down? A mini-split AC system may be the ideal solution. Our essential guide to mini-split AC systems can help you discover everything you need to know to make a smart choice.

What Is a Mini-Split AC?

Mini-split air conditioners are energy-efficient cooling systems with two main units: a compressor outside the house and an air-handling unit inside. The reason they’re called mini-splits is that the compressor and refrigerant coils are “split” between the inside and outside of the home. A narrow conduit connects the inside air handlers and outdoor compressor, circulating refrigerant that extracts heat from inside the home, cooling inside temperatures significantly.

Mini Split Cleaning: The Basics

Mini split maintenance guide

You’ve already made a great choice by getting a mini-split unit that heats, cools, or does both for your home or other space.

Once your mini split air conditioner is installed and running smoothly, you may forget that there is another important step to keep in mind: maintenance.

Like any home appliance, mini split air conditioners run at their best when they are kept up and maintained properly by regular cleaning and checkups. However, most people aren’t quite sure where to start when it comes to maintaining a unit like this.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy how-to guide that lays out everything you need to know about keeping your unit clean and running in tip-top shape.

Mini Split vs Central Air/Heat: Which is Right for You?

Mini Split vs Central Air/Heat: A Guide

Mini split systems and central HVAC systems often get mixed up, but there are a few big differences between the two. Understanding these differences will give you a better idea of which type of system to add to your home. And should you choose to go with a mini split system, you’ll want to study up on our free Multi Zone Mini Splits Buying Guide to find the perfect system for your needs.