There are different situations when either central air or window air conditioning units can be a better installation. Here are the key factors that will help you decide.
Is This a Short-Term Residence?
The first part of the equation is whether or not you're planning on being in this space long term. If you are, it is often worth it to invest in central air upfront. The amount of money you'll save on electric bills, plus the additional comfort you'll have over the years, is worth it. For shorter term residences, you might choose to stick with a window unit so that you don't invest all of your money into an expensive installation that you won't be able to take with you. However, for homeowners, installing central air is a decision that may pay off when it comes time to find a buyer.
How Much Space Do You Need to Cool?
Another factor is the amount of space you are trying to cool. Window AC units work best when there are only a few rooms to cool. That way, you are targeting those spaces directly with a window AC unit that's the perfect size to cool that space. You don't have to cool rooms you're not in. But the benefits of this conciseness evaporate as soon as you start adding window AC units to multiple rooms. Then, you will just be wasting energy; a central air system is much more efficient at circulating air through a larger space.
Is There an HVAC System in Place?
Some homes may already have the workings of an HVAC system for heating, but with a broken or absent cooling component. In those cases, installing an air conditioning system becomes much more feasible and affordable.
Do You Need Humidity Control?
If you are concerned about humidity as well as coolness, there are two options. The first is to use a dehumidifier alongside your window AC units. But the second is just to install central air. Humidity takes care of itself with central air cooling systems.
Are You Concerned About Energy Costs?
Finally, when you compare the running efficiency of a central air system versus a window AC unit, you will find that central air ultimately wins. That's why it's a better long-term choice for many homeowners. Let your air conditioning maintenance and installation team show you the benefits of installing central air over time during your consultation. Contact a company like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to learn more.