We know, we know. You’re probably thinking that high-velocity air conditioning sounds kind of intense.

Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s nothing like sticking your head out the window while driving down the highway. Or a hurricane. Or a tornado.

It’s called high-velocity because of the size of the ducts: at a size of just two inches, they’re quite small! This increases the velocity of the airflow (think of it like water through a pinched hose). To cope with the extra noise this makes, the system uses materials to muffle the sound, so you can relax in perfect comfort.

Starting to sound pretty good? To know if it’s perfect for your home, check out our list of five things to consider before installing high-velocity air conditioning.

1. Do you own an older home?

You won’t be able to enjoy your cute, old home if you spend summers sweating because you’ve got no air conditioning. In homes like these, though, it can be difficult to install a bulky, standard air conditioning system – you might even have to remodel your home to accommodate it. With a high-velocity system, you can work around existing design quirks and tight spaces thanks to the system’s small ducts.

2. Do you hate waiting around for your room to cool?

We’ve all been there: you want your room cool now, but your dated air conditioning system is taking its sweet time. Not so with high-velocity air conditioning. Using only half the airflow, high-velocity air conditioning can take your room from sweating-sitting-down to couldn’t-be-more-comfortable faster than you can say, well, high-velocity air conditioning system.

3. Do you live in a humid environment?

You’ll appreciate your high-velocity air conditioning most on muggy days – it’s 30 percent more effective than a traditional system at removing moisture.

4. Do you hate it when parts of a room are hotter than others?

You know when you heat up food in the microwave and the outside is burning hot, but it’s still cold inside? Rooms can get that way, too. If you hate it when some parts of a room are hotter than others, high-velocity air conditioning could be right for you. The circulation system ensures even temperatures.

5. Do you mind a bit of a breeze?

As we discussed earlier, high-velocity air conditioning blows air faster than standard systems. That means when the air is blowing out of the register and into the room, you’ll definitely feel it. This does bother some people. A good contractor will keep this in mind and position the registers so as to be the least bothersome to the homeowner.