Choosing An A/C Unit For Your Home

Owning an air conditioner is considered a luxury, but in many areas, it is a must. Extremely high temperatures outside can quickly turn deadly indoors without a proper way to cool the structure down. You may think it is out of your price range, but there are smaller units that can work to remove the heat from your home without breaking your budget. Another common concern is the cost and inconvenience of adding vents and ducts throughout a property. By using a window unit, you eliminate that concern. Use this guide to determine which air conditioning unit will work best for you.

Window Units

Window units are exactly what the name suggests. They are installed in your windows and blow cold air only in the room they are in. In a home with an open layout,the air will spread more evenly throughout multiple rooms. Depending on the size of the home, you may get away with using only a few window units to cool down the inside temperature. A huge pro for window units is that they are usually cheaper than other types of A/C systems. It is easy to remove them whenever you want to. The window units can be completely removed during winter months or covered with a protective cover.

The window A/C units come in multiple brands, sizes, and BTU levels. In order to find the correct BTU level that you need, find a chart online. You will need to know the square footage of the room and the height of the ceilings.

Central Air Units

Central Air units are a lot more convenient than window units because they cover more areas and push air more efficiently. This is due to the way they are designed. The cold air is sent through ventilation inside the building and comes out through vents that are installed in each room of the building. Vents can be closed or opened for even more convenience, so each person can control the airflow for their bedroom, bathroom, etc. Another bonus is that the A/C vents are also used for heating during the cold months. One disadvantage for central air units is the cost to purchase and install them. It is also more difficult to remove the units once they are in. You may even find yourself needing to install another new unit if you change locations unexpectedly.


If you require repair for your A/C units, you should contact a local HVAC contractor. They will properly diagnose the issue and provide any repairs or replace old units.