Central air conditioning is ideal for most homes since it cools the entire home providing it a steady, pleasant temperature. However, on top of purchasing the central AC, you need to cover for installation fees as well since it’s not the type of AC that homeowners can install just by themselves.
So if your budget is not suitable for a central AC, this article will give you alternate options and furnish you with their pros and cons to help you select the best less expensive unit for your home.
1. Portable ACs
-The name is pretty self-explanatory. It’s an AC that’s relatively light and small enough to be moved from room to another. What makes transferring this AC easier are the wheels that make it simpler to push and pull around, and it also has locks on the wheels to prevent it from moving especially for loud and shaky portable ACs. Another thing that makes this an ideal alternative is how it cools the area you want unlike the other types of AC that cools the entire room. That way, it consumes less energy.
-Because of this AC’s efficiency and advantages, they’re priced a little more than window-type ACs. The system operates more since it cools the same air that circulates in the room including the heat that the system produces. One more disadvantage is despite its efficiency for its size; it consumes a little more power than window ACs, which are more efficient. Considering its size, it’s not as powerful as the other types of AC.
2. Mini Split-type AC/Ductless AC
This AC unit is a combination of central AC and window-mounted AC. Its condenser is installed outside the building while its evaporator is on a wall or ceiling. Because the systems that convert air into the cold air are outside the rooms, this AC works quietly. Another very appealing feature of this AC that homeowners can install more than one unit and control them separately. Because of this feature, it helps save energy and prevent unnecessary cooling of empty rooms.
As mentioned above, this AC unit is a combination of two ACs and one being central AC. The common disadvantage between these two is that HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technicians are needed to have them installed. Another is that walking past the compressor outside is burning hot.
3. Window-mounted ACs
These ACs are commonly found in homes and known to be efficient and affordable. It helps save energy by cooling particular rooms instead of the entire floor including empty rooms. Homeowners can install them alone if there’s already an allocated space in the window for window-mounted ACs, which are commonly pre-installed in most homes and apartments.
Unfortunately for homeowners that live in homes that don’t have allocated spaces in their windows for window ACs, they’ll need to have an HVAC technician to do it for them. Another is that it could take most of your window to get these installed especially if the window in your room is small and possibly give up being able to close and open your window and get natural light.