Should You Opt for a Window Air Conditioner or Central Air?

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There are a few ways you can stay cool throughout the summer, but the easiest way to ensure that you’re always ready for the season is to invest in air conditioning. If you choose to do so, you’ll need to decide between window air conditioning units or central air. Here are some insight into the benefits of each, as well as the factors you need to consider before installing either.

You can install window units without a professional

Although they are heavy, window air conditioning units can be installed without the help of a professional. Of course, it may be worth spending a few extra bucks to bring in an expert who can set the unit into your window sill properly and get you all set up.

Window units cause more noise

Compared to a central air conditioning system, window units generate a large amount of noise. If you have rooms in your home that you want to keep away from noise, such as a nursery or child’s room, consider central air for cooling your home.

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Window units can be more affordable

Central air conditioning units may cost you thousands of dollars to install, depending on the size of your home. If you’re looking for a quick way to stay cool until the crisp fall air comes around, your budget may require you to stick with window units, which you can find for less than $200 each.

Central air conditioners let you ‘set it and forget it’

Once a professional installs a central air unit in your home, there’s no more worrying about putting air conditioning units into your windows every summer. You can control your cooling system from inside of your home without having to install bulky machines.

Window units can reduce your carbon footprint

Because window units can be installed in specific rooms of the home, you have more control over how much air conditioning is in use. Cooling one room instead of all of them at once can reduce your energy usage. However, it’s worth noting that central air systems are getting smarter, so energy consumption may not be a deciding factor for homeowners in the near future.

Whether you need air conditioning for your entire house or just one living space, there are several factors to consider before investing in a cooling system. You may want to speak to an air conditioning specialist to determine which system would be best for your home, based on its square footage and your budget. In the end, an expert can give you the advice you need to confidently cool down your house this summer, and for summers to come.

Should You Opt for a Window Air Conditioner or Central Air? was last modified: January 6th, 2017 by Krystle Vermes
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