Which is a Better AC: Central or Single?

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean


Are you torn about which type of air conditioner to get? Do you want a portable air conditioner or a central air conditioning unit? Either one can provide you with cool air for those unbearably warm months. However, you have to know the pros and cons of each one before you make your choice. In short, you have to consider what you need and what you can afford to pay before you get an air conditioner for your home.  

Let us first talk about the single air conditioner. This type of air conditioner may be mounted on the window or the wall. Because it is generally small, this type of AC can cool only a small area. Usually, wall or window mounted air conditioners are made to cool a single room. This is great if just want to cool a few rooms in your house. The costs of installing this type of AC are lower than what you would expect to spend with a central unit. The average cost of this type of AC is around $300 to $500.

There is also what we call a portable air conditioner. Based on the name, this type is great for people who want to move the unit from one room to another. This means that when you want a cooler living room, you can simply lug in your portable air conditioner and let it do the job. Plus, the prices of this type of air conditioner are not that high. However, you cannot cool large spaces using this one.

Now let us discuss central air conditioning. This type of air conditioning makes use of duct work and a central air conditioning unit to deliver the desired cool temperature to the entire house. The units used may be the heat pump or the forced-air furnace. Although a heat pump is named such, it can do the job of providing cool air to all the parts of the house.

Central air conditioners may be more expensive than single air conditioners but they do have advantages. One, they provide even indoor temperature to all the parts of your home. Two, the delivery of the cooled or warmed air is efficient. Three, this type of air conditioning system is more energy-efficient. And four, the system does not produce annoying noises, unlike the single AC which get worse with age.

So, using the information you gathered from this article, are you now sure of which type of air conditioning you need? But of course, you can do better if you ask for the opinion of people who are actually in the field of air conditioning. When you do that, you can more or less get the assurance that you are getting the best AC for your home.

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