When choosing an air conditioning unit to cool your home, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the variety of choices available to you. Do you need a complete central air unit that cools your entire home, or would a split air conditioning unit be more efficient? What exactly is a split air conditioner? What about a window unit?
There are pros and cons to all three of these types of air conditioners. If you’re looking for a more affordable yet efficient way to cool your home, central air conditioning is off the table. Between a window air conditioner and a split system air conditioner, which one is the best choice? Let’s look at the pros and cons of each one.
Split Type Air Conditioner vs. Window Type
The Window Unit
Probably the most well-known type, the window air conditioning unit is installed in a window as its name suggests. It’s extremely affordable running between $100 and $600, with some larger units costing upwards of $800.
PROS: These units are affordable and easy to install. They are more cost efficient than central or split units and can cool just about any size room provided you get the right size. You can buy them at any home improvement store and maintenance is minimal.
CONS: Although easy installation is a pro for these units, the need to install them in a window is a con. This can pose a security issue since removing the unit is relatively simple for would-be thieves. The unit needs to be the right size for the chosen window, and you’ll need to close the gaps on either side of the unit to prevent cool air from escaping.
The Split Type
This type of air conditioner is aptly named because it is split into two units: a wall unit inside and a condenser outside. It is more expensive than a window unit but more efficient than central air.
PROS: A split unit uses wall-mounted units which are connected to a condenser located outside the home. They can be placed in any room and can be joined together to work in tandem. Some split units also provide heating and act as a dehumidifier.
CONS: The main drawback of these units is their cost and the need for professional installation because electrical and refrigerant lines run through an exterior wall. Price tends to go up as the number of room units needed increases. But you can start with one or two units and add more units later.
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