As a Minnesota homeowner, you understand the importance of keeping your home’s temperature comfortable as the seasons change. Now we are in the hottest part of the summer, and air conditioning is a homeowner’s best friend. Do you have to decide between purchasing a central air conditioning unit or a portable/wall air conditioning unit for your home? We have identified some key differences to help you make the decision.
Central Air Conditioner
80% of new homes today have a central air conditioning system that is built right into the existing duct work and is designed to cool the entire home. Some of the advantages of central air include being able to set a thermostat for different times of the day, which can save you money. A central air system can also act as a dehumidifier for your home. Since they use less electricity, central air units are also better for the environment. Energy Efficiency ratings for central air units are measured in Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratings (SEER). With a central air system It is important to get a heating and cooling professional to install the HVAC system and get routine maintenance check-ups. You will also want to change your air filter often.
Portable or Wall Air Conditioner
If you live in a small home or apartment, or just want to cool one room in your home (like a bedroom) at a time, a portable air conditioner or wall air conditioner may fit you needs. Proper ventilation of a portable air conditioner is essential, since they do rely on a condensation and evaporation cycle. Portable air conditioner units are less expensive and easier to install, but will cool a smaller area with less control. Since some wall air conditioners do not have thermostats, be sure to look for an A/C unit that has low, medium, and high speed controls built in. Portable air conditioner units are measured with Energy Efficient Ratings (EER) also.
In deciding whether a central air or portable/wall air conditioning unit is right for your needs, it is wise to understand a little bit about HVAC and home efficiency and consider how many rooms you want to cool. If you want to cool more than a one or two rooms, a whole-house cooling option with central air will probably be more efficient and economical than utilizing several portable air units. Also consider your long-term plans in the home. If you plan on staying in the home for several years, a central air conditioner would be a good investment.
If you have more questions about heating and cooling your home, contact Chappell Central at 320-235-2151, comment below, or fill out this simple form.