Pros And Cons Of Window AC Units

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Pros And Cons Of Window AC Units

Pros And Cons Of Window AC Units

9 July 2015
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When it comes to deciding what sort of air conditioning unit you want installed in your house, most people tend to opt for a window air conditioning unit. However, just because the majority of people choose window air conditioning units does not mean that it is necessarily the right choice. There are just as many cons to choosing a window AC unit as there are pros. This brief article will investigate a few pros and cons of the installation of window AC units. From there, it's up to you to decide what is the right choice for your home. 

Pro: Ease Of Installation

Perhaps the most obvious pro of a window AC unit is the fact that it is so easy to install. There is very little needed in the way of help when it comes to window AC units. They are easy to unbox, they fit snugly into your window, and they don't require costly professionals to come in and install an entire ventilation and cooling system that runs throughout the entirety of your house. Window AC units generally butt up against the molding of the window, sit snugly against the frame, and simply require a few screw to be installed. Likewise, window air conditioning units also can easily be removed by reversing the process. 

Con: Not As Convenient As Central Air

Do you want to be able to adjust the temperature of the entirety of your home with the flick of one simple button? If yes is your answer, you may want to avoid window units. Window AC units are, comparatively speaking, vastly more inconvenient than central air.

While central air may lend itself to a difficult installation, it makes up for it in the fact that it becomes a great source of convenience. If you wish to cool several rooms in your house, window units may not be the way to go. While they are easily installed, you have to take into consideration that you will individually have to go into each room, set the temperature of each room, and make sure that the window unit is properly plugged in for each room. With central air, on the other hand, a simple interface can adjust the temperature within each room, and it can be located in a spot in your house that is most convenient for you. Typically speaking, you will find the controls for central air in the living room.

Pro: Saves Energy

Window units are known for being a bit more environmentally conscious than central air. The reason why this is the case is that central air simply pumps more air and generates more energy due to the fact that it is serving the entirety of a household. A window unit, by contrast, is meant to serve one room at a time. If you are looking to cool the entirety of your home, then it is probably the case that you should look into central air, as, if you were to have window units on at all times, in every room, it would wind up being more of an energy waster than central air. Having said that, window units can be easily turned off in rooms that are not in need of cooling, and as such, can save the environment a strain, which is something you can pass off onto the savings of your pocket book.

There are numerous pros and cons of owning a window air conditioning unit. Hopefully, this brief article has given you some insight into the reasons why you may or may not want to purchase such a unit. If you think central air would suit you better than an AC unit, contact a local HVAC contractor to see what they can tell you about installing central air in your home. 

You can also click this link to learn more about AC options in your area. 

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