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

Sep 30, 2022

Selecting how you prefer to keep cool within your household during the summer heat is up to you, so it’s a smart idea to consider what is best for you and your home. So, let’s think more about this a bit. How can you decide which cooling source is best for you? Well, that depends on what best fits your wants and needs; New Albany Heating & Cooling wants to help you pinpoint the main pros and cons of using central air vs. window units.  

What Are Some Benefits Of Window AC?  

  1. Cheaper: Window air conditioners are less pricey to buy and use than central air.  
  2. Energy Savings: Window air conditioners allow you to install multiple units so that you can choose when and where you use your AC, permitting energy conservation.  
  3. Straight-Forward Installation: With central air conditioning, you have to have an educated HVAC technician install your equipment. So, if you are more focused on money savings, you can always install the window unit yourself, as long as it is reasonably safe.  

What Are Some Window AC Cons?  

  1. Uneven Cooling: Sadly, window air conditioners don’t disperse cool air, unlike central air, so you’ll have spots here and there that get either chilly, comfortable, or hot, which can be very inconvenient for a homeowner.  
  2. Basic Filtration: While window units are better than they once were at filtration, central air conditioning is better than window units in this way. And, if you struggle with allergies or asthma, central air may be the better choice for your home!  

What Are Some Benefits Of Central AC?  

  1. Entire Home Cooling: Central air conditioners can cool down one’s whole house, while a window air unit doesn’t circulate the cool air throughout the home.  
  2. Efficiency & Features: Central air conditioning contains more cutting-edge features, such as its power to filter pollutants from your home environment better than a window unit. Once again, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, it’s something to think about!  
  3. Room Temperatures: While a window air conditioner can cool you off, central air conditioning stops any warm spots by distributing cool air around your home.  

What Are Some Central AC Cons?  

The main drawback of using a central air conditioner rather than window units is that it is costly when considering installation, operation, and repair costs. Though the only other major downside is that using central air needs ductwork. Ductwork requires regular maintenance to ensure your household’s environment remains clean. Furthermore, establishing these ducts also mandates renovations to your home, and while it’s a quality investment, it often requires proper budgeting to see through.  

Most homeowners often opt for central air conditioning over A/C window units. Just remember that if you must have more than one room cooled down, window units begin to get pricey, which is not cost-effective in more spacious homes demanding multiple units. But, if you are still on the fence about what works best for you, call New Albany Heating & Cooling today at (614) 636-5002, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We are here to lend you a hand, so you and your family can better tackle the humid Ohio heat.