A window-mounted air conditioner is a great option because it can provide a wide range of benefits that a traditional central air system cannot. Listed below are just three reasons to consider a window-mounted air conditioner instead of central air.
One of the best reasons to get a window-mounted air conditioner is that it is substantially easier to install than a central air system. When trying to have a central air system installed, you will need to hire a professional and wait several days for the work to be completed.
However, you can install a window-mounted unit yourself in about an hour. This is because the majority of the installation process is simply setting the unit on a window sill and closing the window on top of it to hold it in place. After that you simply need to seal off the open space around the unit in order to keep bugs out of your home and to keep the cool air from escaping.
Another major reason to consider a window-mounted unit is the low price of the majority of the units on the market. In most cases, even the largest window-mounted units are only going to cost several hundred dollars. This is a fantastic advantage as it will allow you to buy a window-mounted unit for every room in your house and still likely save money versus buying a central air system.
A central air system is typically going to cost several thousand dollars, with a unit that is suitable for a 2,000 square foot home costing up to $4,000 to purchase and install. The cost will go up even further if the home requires duct installation or modification.
Finally, a window-mounted air conditioner works quite well if you want to make sure that you are not using too much energy to cool your home. This is because a window-mounted unit is able to cool one room. Since you cannot cool your entire home or multiple rooms with a window-mounted unit, you can easily ensure that only rooms that people are in will get cooled, as guests or family members can simply turn on a unit as they enter a room and turn it off as they leave.
This isn't really possible for a central air system that is designed to cool your entire home. This causes a lot of energy waste as it will be cooling empty rooms as much as occupied rooms.
Speak to an HVAC contractor, such as those at J. P. Griffin Inc., today to discuss your window-mounted cooling options. These types of units are ideal for cooling your home without having to spend a lot of money on your utility bills or air conditioning system itself.