Window AC vs Central AC
When deciding between a window AC and central AC, the decision will ultimately come down to two factors... cost and efficiency. Let's break these down to see what is best for your home.
When we look into cost, there is more to consider than just the initial purchase price. We should also look at estimated energy bills and operation costs. Then we need to consider efficiency - how efficient does each AC perform its duty? Either option needs to work at peak performance without using a lot of electricity.
Let's look into the pros and cons of each option...
Central ACs - Pros
These units are experts at cooling your entire home with a thermostat and ductwork system. Every room in your home should have a nice, even temperature throughout the whole house. Central ACs are also great for circulating clean air by use of filters and air exchange. Central ACs would be more cost efficient compared to 2-3 window AC units.
Central ACs - Cons
The biggest con for central ACs is the high upfront purchase cost. Prices range from averages of $2000 - $5000. That might seem steep when compared to a $800 - $1200 window AC option, however if you plan to cool more than 3 or 4 rooms, central AC will be cheaper in the long run. A single central AC is more efficient than several window units.
Window ACs - Pros
Basically, they're cheaper. If you have a very small home with only 2 or 3 rooms, this may be the best option for you. Installation is easy - with a window that opens you may be able to do it yourself. They are becoming more and more energy efficient.
Window ACs - Cons
Window ACs can only cool one room at a time. If you have multiple rooms, or floors, it won't be enough to keep an even environment. If you have more than 4 rooms, it would be more cost effective to go the central AC route. Also, security should be a factor. It is relatively easy to steal your window unit or even remove it in order to gain access to your home through the window opening.
Basically, it all depends on the size of your home, your energy consumption habits and how much you are willing to invest in your property. For a single room or two, a window unit would work just fine. For a home with 4 rooms or more, we'd recommend a central AC system. Window ACs can use anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of the energy a central unit can.
At 4 Seasons Heating, Cooling & Electrical we are experts at indoor cooling. Our experienced sales and technicians can work with you to recommend the best, most cost effective cooling plan for your home. We also work with you on financing and payment options if need be.
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