A cool home is a comfortable home, but are central air conditioning systems all that much better than window units? Here are a few pros and cons to help you make the decision for yourself.
Pro: Central AC systems do a better job of cooling the entire home evenly.
Window units have a limited reach when it comes to home cooling. Central systems have lines leading to every room in most cases. Therefore, central units are better capable of cooling a home evenly than a window unit.
Con: Central air systems require professional installation.
You can pop a window unit in no matter who you are as long as you can lift the unit. Central AC systems do call for professional installation, however.
Pro: Your central AC system does a good job of filtering the air.
Window ACs have a filter on them, but their air force is simply not the same as a central unit. Central air conditioners do a pretty good job of filtering contaminants out of the air as long as you change the filter and keep the system clean. Plus, it uses return registries in different points of the house to pull existing air out and push cooled air in.
Con: A central air system is more expensive to maintain.
Naturally, a central air system is going to be more expensive to maintain than a simple window unit. These cooling units have multiple components that have to be cleaned on a regular basis, filters that have to be changed, and they may need professional attention annually for maintenance checks. Window units are not complex in their design. Proper maintenance is all about cleaning the filter in the front and protecting the unit from the weather when not in use.
Pro: Central AC systems last longer than window units.
It is not uncommon for a central AC to last at least 15 to 20 years, but some systems do last longer with proper care and maintenance. A window unit, on the other hand, may have to be replaced at least every 10 years, but that number can vary depending on how much the unit was used and how well it was maintained during use.
Con: A central system must have ductwork.
If you are distributing cool air to the home from one central unit, you need ducts to carry that cooled air. Therefore, a system of ducts is necessary when you opt for a central cooling system instead of a few window units.
For more information, contact a company like Plisko Service Solutions.