Replacing your current air conditioner is a great choice, but it can be a bit confusing trying to figure out which type would work best for your home. While a central air system is a great choice for most homes, a window-mounted air conditioner does have a few benefits that makes it worth considering. A window-mounted air conditioner is going to be inexpensive, easy to install, and energy efficient.
One of the biggest benefits provided by a window-mounted air conditioner is that it is going to cost a small fraction of the price of a central air system. A central air system is going to cost up to $4,000 to install in a 2,000 square foot home. For that price you could easily purchase and install a window-mounted air conditioner in every room in your house, and probably still have money to spare.
Now, the trade off here is that a window-mounted air conditioner is not going to do much for the value of your home, whereas a central air system can boost your home's value. However, a window-mounted option is a great choice if you are on a tight budget.
Easy To Install
Another reason to consider a window-mounted air conditioner is that you can have it installed in under an hour. In addition, the window-mounted air conditioner can be installed without the help of any technicians. In most cases, the installation will consist of simply resting the unit on the window sill, lowering the window into a groove or bracket on top of the unit, and sealing the rest of the window to keep pests out.
This is a big advantage if your air conditioner dies in the middle of summer and you need a quick replacement to help you deal with the heat. With a central air system, it can take several days to install a new system.
A window-mounted air conditioner is also going to be a good choice if you want an energy efficient cooling system. Since you will need a window-mounted air conditioner for every room that you want cooled, it is very easy to control which rooms are cooled. With most central air systems, every room in the house will be cooled simultaneously, which means that you will be wasting energy and money cooling rooms that no one may be in.
In addition, a window-mounted air conditioner will blow cool air directly into the room you are in without needing to use a duct system. This means that it will not suffer from duct loss, which occurs when cool air from your central air system is lost through the cracks or improper seals that may exist in your duct system. Duct loss can increase how long your air conditioner remains on, as the system will have to make up for that lost air in order to get your home to the desired temperature.
A window-mounted air conditioner is a fantastic choice if you want something that is easy to install, energy efficient, and inexpensive. However, if you wish to stick with your central air system but need repairs, contact a professional HVAC contractor, like Always Ready Repair, to discuss your repair options.