AC Window Units vs Central Air Conditioning
Given the choice, most homeowners would choose a central air conditioning system. However, there is one factor that weighs heavily on that decision - cost! A central air system is way more costly than a window unit, but before you let cost alone be the deciding factor, it is important to study all the pros and cons of each.
Central Air: The Advantages
A central air system uses a heat pump, which operate outside the house. It doesn't take up room or make noise inside the house. The only indication you have central air conditioning are from vents and thermostat.
A central air system will evenly distribute cool air throughout your home using ducts and vents - cooling the entire house.
A central air system is considered a permanent fixture to your home and will increase the market value of your property.
With newer technology, a central air system can be controlled remotely - by use of a wifi digital thermostat that can be controlled anywhere you are in the world.
Central Air: The Disadvantages
A central air system can be expensive. Costs can increase if your home was not build/designed with ductwork.
A central air system distributes cool air everywhere - even if you are not in that room.
AC Window Units: The Advantages
AC window units are very cost-effective and a good low-budget solution.
AC window units deliver cool air only where you want it - they will not supply AC to rooms at the other end of your home or where you don't usually spend time.
AC window units are easy and inexpensive to repair. If the cost of the repair exceed the unit price, it is easy to pull it out and replace it.
AC Window Units: The Disadvantages
AC window units are not considered permanent fixtures and do nothing to add to the market value of your property.
AC window units operate in your window - so they will block your view, prevent you from being able to open windows, potentially cause damage to your window over a long period of time and are a potential burglar entry point.
AC window units are significantly higher priced if installed in slider windows Units sized for this application can be 4 or 5 times higher that your average window unit.
AC window units can be difficult to install. Not only can it be a challenging balancing act, but it can be even more challenging when installed on a second or third storey window.
AC window units are in operation during the summer, but what do you do with them in the winter? They either need to be covered, or disassembled and stored.
After weighing the options above, you will probably agree that a central air conditioning system is a better, long term investment for your home - especially if you require AC for more than 30 days in a year.
At 4 Seasons Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we are specialists in the heating and cooling business. We have the knowledge and expertise to not only provide you information during the decision making process, but also able to supply and install every component needed to making your indoor air environment the safest and cleanest as possible. We offer free, in-home, no-obligation consultation and take bookings by phone or online around the clock.
Please reach out to us today for any HVAC question or concern!