Which Type of AC Unit is Right for My Home?
There are several types of air conditioning units to choose from when deciding how you want to cool your house. There are multiple factors that you must consider when purchasing a new AC unit. The four main types of air conditioners are window units, portable units, ductless units, and central units.
Window units are exactly as the sound; they are air conditioning units that you put in your window. These units typically cost $100 to $500 and are usually used to cool a single room. They do not require professional installation; however larger units can be difficult to install. Window units can be noisy and are unappealing from the outside. They do not cool rooms evenly and oftentimes they need to run all day and night to cool a room during the summer. These work best in places with relatively short summer seasons or apartments.
Portable units are units that can be easily moved from room to room. Some require a hose to the nearest window and some stand alone. These units cost about $200 to $700 and are used to cool one room at a time. They do not require professional installation and work best when you cannot use a window unit. When not in use, they can be easily moved to a closet or other space as most of them are on wheels.
Ductless units are professionally installed units that are attached to a wall and have a connection to a unit outside. Between installation and the price of the unit itself, they could cost around $5,000 to $8,000, depending on the size of the home. These are both heating and cooling systems. These are similar to central air conditioning systems, except they do not require ducts. They are highly efficient units. In most situations, there are multiple units throughout the home, so it’s possible to heat or cool certain areas of the home at the same time. These are best for homes that do not already have ducts or smaller homes. They also work well in additions to homes since they do not require the installation of ductwork.
Central units are professionally installed units that deliver cooling through ducts in the house. These are the most efficient type of air conditioning unit, but they are the most expensive to install. Typically, if a house has no ductwork, the cost of the unit and installation could be $7,000 to $10,000, depending on the size of the home. If your home already has ductwork from its heating system, the cost could be significantly less. These systems cool the entire house and are the most energy efficient option. It is important to note that these systems require significant maintenance every year.
At the end of the day there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself. What does my budget allow? How often will I be using the system? What do I have the space for? We hope that this article can help answer some of your questions about air conditioning units so that you can make an informed decision before investing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.