When deciding how you will beat the heat within your home on those hot summer days, one must first figure out what is the best option for you and your home. With that, which is the better option? To help you out, Middletown Heating & Cooling has listed some significant pros and cons of central air vs. using window units to help you make the right decision. 

What Are Some Central Air Conditioner Perks?  

  • Whole-House Cooling: A central air conditioner will cool down your entire house, while a window air conditioner only cools in proximity to the installed unit. 
  • Efficiency & Features: Central air conditioning offers access to more advanced features and provides better air filtration than any window unit. And, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, this is a better option!  
  • Room Temperatures: While a window air conditioner can provide you with some cooling comfort, central air conditioning helps eliminate any warm spots within the home due to its ability to circulate cool air throughout your home better. 

What Are Some Central Air Conditioner Cons? 

Honestly, the primary con for using a central air conditioner over window units is that it costs more due to installation, operation, and repair expenses, with the only other major con being the need for ductwork. Furthermore, ductwork requires regular maintenance to keep the air within your home cleaner. It also is a significant renovation, and while it’s worthwhile in the end, it certainly demands a proper budget on your part. 

What Are Some Window AC Pros? 

  • Inexpensive: Window air conditioners are significantly cheaper to buy and operate than central air. 
  • Selectivity: Window air conditioners allow you to install multiple units, so if you want to save energy, you can pick and choose what rooms to cool, when, and where. (However, keep in mind that if you choose to use more than five window units to cool five separate rooms, you may pay more monthly energy costs than what you would pay for when utilizing central AC.) 
  • Optional Installation Costs: You 100% have to have a professional install a central air conditioner.  But, if you are looking to save some money, you can choose to install your window unit by yourself.  

What Are Some Window AC Cons? 

  • Hot Spots: As previously stated, window air conditioners don’t circulate cool air as efficiently as central air, so you’ll have a variety of spots around your home that can feel chilly, comfortable, or hot; this, for obvious reasons, can be frustrating for a homeowner. 
  • Filtration Deficit: Window units are becoming better at filtrating contaminants, but central air conditioning blows window units out of the water in comparison. So once again, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, then this is your best bet! 

Most homeowners choose to install central air conditioning instead of A/C window units. It is important to note when selecting the best option for you that if you need to have more than one room cooled, window units can get more expensive depending on how many your home demands. If you are still unsure of what to choose, definitely call Middletown Heating & Cooling today at (513) 268-3789, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We can better help you assess the best air conditioning for you and your family.