WINDOW A/C VS CENTRAL A/C
Window A/C to Central A/C Worth the Investment?
Do you have a window air conditioner? Ever wonder what it would be like if you had central air or even if its worth switching? Are you concerned they are costing more than putting in central air?
A Few Things to Remember About Window Air Conditioner Units
- They tend to sweat which mean they will introduce moisture into the room.
- Window units are hard to seal which means that some of that hot and humid air will come into the room, not to mention bugs. YUCK!
- They can get very loud with decibel levels being as high as 82 decibels.
- In order for you to get the most out of them you either need to buy a cover for them or take them down and put them up every year.
- They can get expensive to run.
- Perfect choice if your only needing to cool down 1 or 2 rooms.
Window units are cheaper in terms of the expense of buying one versus switching to central air conditioning, but you still have to maintain the unit in order to get the most out of it. They also have the added benefit of being something you can install yourself. The draw back comes when you are trying to cool down several rooms, which means you are running several units. This means you are not being very efficient with cooling and your electric bill will be going up pretty quickly.
Central air is great if you have duct work in place. Even switching up to a heat pump will help save on both your heating and cooling bill. Most air conditioners nowadays have a higher SEER then days gone by. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is important because it tells a homeowner the relative amount of energy that is needed to provide a certain level of cooling.
A Few thing to Remember About Central Air
- You don’t need duct work in place to get cooling. Ductless heat pumps are another option to get cooling for a particular space.
- Central air can keep the whole house cool instead of just one room, which can also make it more cost effective in the long run.
- More aesthetically pleasing then having several window units all over your house.
- Depending on which type you get, it may help to dehumidify your home. (see a HVAC specialist to see which is the best for your home).
- Today’s model are most energy efficient.
If you are just not sure which is the best for your home, give Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling a call. The consult is free and it may just help you determine what is best for you and your home.