Window Units vs. Central Air Conditioning: What’s Better?  

Sep 30, 2022 | AC, Air Conditioner, Central Air, Cooling, Cooling Power, Installation, Ohio, Pros and Cons, Springfield, Temperature, Window Unit

We all have ways of keeping cool, some more luxurious than the next. However, it is beneficial to discern what is best for you and your home. So, how can we determine which cooling source is most helpful for your home? Regardless of your wants and needs, Springfield Heating & Cooling is here to help you better discern what works best by listing some pros and cons regarding central air and window units.  

What Is The Plus Side Of Central AC? 

  • Elements: Central air conditioning has components that a window unit can’t provide, such as lowering humidity levels.  
  • Efficiency: Central AC is quicker to cool your home than a window unit, and it’s more discreet, which is quite convenient.  
  • Cooling Range: Central AC can cool down your WHOLE home, while a window air unit can only cool the vicinity around the unit due to its inability to circulate cool air throughout the house.  
  • Even Cooling: While a window air conditioner can help keep you cool during summer, central air conditioning doesn’t contribute to warm spots, so you won’t have to sit in any distinct area to stay satisfied.  

What Is The Downside Of Central AC? 

The primary concern of choosing a central air conditioner rather than a window unit is that it can get pricey when considering installation, operation, and repair costs. Central air also requires ductwork, which mandates regular maintenance to keep your home environment clean. And installing these ducts also demands renovations to your home, which is not inexpensive and is, therefore, an investment that often needs careful budgeting.  

What Is The Plus Side Of A Window AC? 

  • Inexpensive: Window air conditioners are cheaper than central air.  
  • Energy Conservation: Window air conditioners let you select when and where you operate your AC unit, which allows you to save on energy.  Basic Install: With central air conditioning, you must have a professional install and manage your HVAC equipment. So, if you want to cut down on spending, you can put in the window unit yourself if it is safe of course.  

What Is The Downside Of A Window AC? 

  • Irregular Cooling: Unfortunately, window air conditioners don’t spread cool air like central air, so you’ll have places here and there that may get chilly, comfortable, or hot, which can be very annoying as a homeowner.  
  • Mediocre Filtration: While newer window units are improvements to the filtration in older units, they still seem to fall short, especially compared to central air conditioning. And, if you constantly struggle with allergies or asthma, central air is best for your health!  

Most homeowners often decide on central air conditioning over A/C window units. Though we understand the appeal of saving money, it’s essential to realize that if you must have more than one room cooled down, window ACs will become more pricey. Thus, utilizing window units in a spacious home is not worth the cost. And, if you are still unsure what system to bank on, call Springfield Heating & Cooling today at (937) 350-1881, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We can’t wait to lend a helping hand so you and your loved ones can keep cool and comfortable in the humid heat of Ohio’s summer. 

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