Air Conditioners: Window Units vs. Central Air

Air Conditioners: Window Units vs. Central Air

Having an air conditioner in your home can provide a cool and dry escape from the oppressive heat of summer. There are a few options to choose from when deciding on the best air conditioning solution, and there are a couple of factors that will affect your decision.

How many rooms you would like to cool, the space you have to work with, and the budget for the project will affect whether you should choose a window unit or a central air system. In this article, we will describe some of the advantages of each and some additional things to look for when making your air conditioning decision.

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Air Conditioners: Window Units vs. Central Air

Window or Wall Units

If you only have one or two rooms, a window air conditioning unit might be the easiest and most cost effective choice. Before running out to the store to purchase a unit, you should measure length, width, and height of the space that you would like cooled. In this way, you will be able to purchase the appropriately sized unit.

A unit that is too small will have a tough time cooling your space on extremely hot days. Larger units will cool the room faster, but could lead to wasted energy and poor dehumidifying.

When buying your window or wall unit, you should check for Energy Star and Energyguide labels. They will detail the energy efficiency rating (EER) of the unit, which determines the amount of energy saved and wasted. The higher the EER, the more efficient the unit is, reducing costs by up to 20% in newer models. In order to maximize the efficiency of the air conditioner, you should make sure to change the filter every 90 days.

Listed below are some additional considerations for window or wall units:

Central Air Systems

If you have enough space in your home, a central air system is a wise investment. Not only will it provide greater efficiency and cool a greater amount of space than a window unit, it will also increase the resale value of your home. Central air systems will tap into the existing ductwork of your home to distribute the generated air.

As with window units, an appropriately sized central air system will provide the most effective use of energy. You should consult with a contractor to find the best sized unit for your space. The seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) determines the efficiency of central air systems. The higher the rating, the more effective the unit is.

We will list some additional considerations for central air systems below:

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