Like AC Window Units? Then You’ll Love Central Air
If you’re looking to install a new AC unit in your home, you may be a little overwhelmed by the idea of paying for central AC. If that is the case, ductless window units may be an option you should consider. If you are entirely new to the world of home cooling and have no idea what “central AC” and “window units” are, or what the differences between the two of them are, Perry Plumbing is here to help you figure it out.
Read on to learn a little bit more about the pros and cons of central ac and window units, and decide for yourself which one is a better fit for your home!
Pros And Cons of Central AC
It is widely acknowledged that central ac units cost more to install and run than window units do, however, depending on where you live, the efficiency and convenience of the central cooling unit may be worth the extra money.
Some of the benefits of installing a central AC unit are:
- Better air circulation, so the temperature is the same across the entire house.
- Better air filtration and better air quality- ideal if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma.
With those benefits, come some drawbacks, such as:
- More complicated installation means it costs you more money. With Central AC, there is a lot of equipment involved like the unit itself, the air ducts, the refrigerant lines, etc.
- Cost more to run, and to repair if something goes wrong.
Pros And Cons of Window Units
If you live in a small loft or studio apartment, or if you are looking for a more energy efficient way to cool your home, a window unit may be right up your alley.
Window AC units are a great option because:
- They cost significantly less than central AC and can be easily installed without a professional HVAC service.
- They can conserve energy by only cooling one room at a time. With window units installed in each room, there’s no need to waste energy cooling your living room all night while you’re sleeping in your bedroom!
The less-great side of window cooling units is that:
- They don’t do as well as central AC units with keeping allergens and humidity out of your home
- They don’t cool the entire house (or even a single room) evenly. Some areas near the window will be cold, but the other side of the room will still be hot.
Choose The One That is Right For Your Home
At the end of the day, choosing the best AC unit for your home comes down to your unique situation and personal preference. If you rent in a building that has no central cooling, a window unit is likely the only viable option you have. If you own your own home, however, you may be interested in springing for central air.
In San Diego, due to the high humidity during certain times during the year and the moderately high pollen count, a central AC unit is generally recommended whenever possible.