Untold Truths Behind Central & Window AC Units


If you live in a city that is hot year-round, an AC system is a necessity. You will definitely need air conditioning if you live in Florida, but not so much in Montana. AC systems not only provide comfort for you and your loved ones, but they can also prevent illnesses that come along with poor indoor air pollution and excessive humidity.

There are many different types of AC systems on the market. Choosing the one that is right for your home can be a little confusing. When purchasing an AC system, there are factors you should take into consideration. Do you live in a mostly hot or cold climate? Is your current building already equipped with the ductwork needed for central AC? Is there enough space outside the structure to accommodate the AC compressor unit? Is your home well insulated? The answer to these questions will determine which AC system to purchase.

Pros And Cons of Central AC


The two systems that will keep you cool inside your home are central AC and window AC units. If your home already has the ductwork to support central AC, you can and should opt for central AC.

If your home does not already have the needed ductwork, you may have to go with a window AC unit. Carefully consider both AC systems before purchasing.

Central AC systems are great. There are, however, some drawbacks as well:


  • Good air filtration at home.
  • Consistent temperature.
  • Heating & air conditioning.
  • Allows for a programmable thermostat.


  • Ductwork is required.
  • Space outside is needed.
  • Maintenance is required.
  • Initial installation cost is high.

Pros And Cons of Window AC Units

A window AC unit is your best bet if you are looking for an affordable option. Window AC units have been around for a long time. They are very convenient if you are not able to install central AC in your home.

Window AC units require practically zero maintenance. Window AC units are preferred by apartment dwellers because they can provide sufficient comfort in hot weather and can also be removed when the tenant moves out.

Window AC units have many advantages, but they also come with drawbacks:


  • Inexpensive operation.
  • Inexpensive installation.
  • One-room cooling.


  • Moderate air filtration.
  • Hot spots in the house.
  • High energy bill (with poor insulation).

Which AC System is Right For Your Home?

Go for the window unit if there is no ductwork to support a central AC system. Window AC units are less costly and require minimal effort to install. However, if you can afford the installation and operation of a central AC system, then seriously consider this option.

You can keep your home cool in the summer with either central AC or window AC unit. Each system works well and will keep you cool and comfortable when the temperatures rise.

Purchasing air conditioning for your home is a serious investment. Before you make the final decision on which system to buy, contact the experts at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air, and Electric in Rochester, NY for a consultation.


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