Window AC Units Vs Central AC

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If opening your windows and using electrical fans is not enough to keep your home cool during the summer, it might be time to invest in some sort of air conditioning system. This does not necessarily mean that you need to install a full-scale central AC system. One great alternative to central AC is installing window units. Window AC units aren't perfect for every property, but they could be great for yours. This article looks at window AC units and explains when and where they work the best.

Limited Range

The important thing to realize about a window AC units is that they really only work in the room they are in. Additionally, they obviously only work in rooms with movable windows. That is, don't expect it to cool down multiple rooms with one unit. Because of this, window units are most popular in small apartments and studios. Also, homeowners who also have already have central AC will often install window units in the rooms that are hotter and need a little more cooling off. So, if your entire home needs cooled off, and you have multiple rooms, window AC units probably aren't going to be the most practical choice. You will need to buy and install a unit in each room. Besides their limited capacity, most people don't like the way that window units look. They can be an eyesore on both the inside and outside of your home.

They are Cheap and Convenient

The best thing about window units is their convenience and affordability. They are sold at most home improvement stores, and all they need is a power outlet. That is, place it in your window and plug it in. Most units can be mounted within a movable window without using any fasteners. This means you can buy a unit and have it up and running on the same day.

Finding the Right BTU

The most important thing to look for when shopping for window AC units is the BTU rating. This basically rates how much cold air the unit can put out. It will also recommend what room size it will work best in.

As you can see, window units aren't always the best solution. In the long term, they aren't going to be as efficient as central AC. But, since they are only a small fraction of the cost, they are a great choice for many homeowners, especially those in studios and small apartments.

Contact a company like Airwaves Heating & Air Inc for more information and assistance.