Frisco Heating & Cooling

Central Air Conditioning System For Homes: Pros and Cons

If you’re searching for information on the best air conditioning (AC) system for homes, you will find that the top 10 search results in Google are mostly about central AC. As HVAC technicians in Frisco, we find this surprising, as there are many great (and often less expensive) AC options for homeowners to choose from.

So what type of AC system is right for you? Let’s weigh the pros and cons of installing a central AC in your home.

Central AC Pros

  • Provides a consistent temperature by releasing cool air through vents that snake through every part of your home
  • Perfect for cooling multiple rooms at once
  • Not affected dramatically on humid days
  • Utilizes filters providing you with cleaner air to breathe – an ideal feature for household members who have allergy or asthma
  • Allows you to install a programmable thermostat which tells the AC system when to turn on and to what temperature, which can significantly reduce energy costs by decreasing the amount of time that the system has to work
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Ideal for those who live in a northern state with colder winters (if your central AC is an air conditioning/heating combo, it makes your entire home more cost-efficient since you only need to deal with one unit instead of two)
  • Some other types of AC – especially old ones – tend to be noisy, but with central AC, homeowners can enjoy the benefit of lower noise levels as most of the components are housed in a metal box and placed outside of the home
  • Does not take up any interior space other than the main cooler
  • Central AC is an investment that adds value to your home

Central AC Cons

  • Costs more to install than other types of home AC such as window-type AC, especially if you need ductwork
  • Cools your entire home, even in areas that don’t need it, which uses more energy and therefore increases your energy bills
  • If not properly maintained, mold, mildew, and other contaminants can form in the ducts and blow around your home, potentially causing or aggravating allergy/asthma issues
  • Not suitable for DIY novices because central systems are quite difficult to install and repair
  • If you live in a condominium, central AC may not be appropriate because of the ductwork needed and outdoor space for the compressor unit

How Much Does Air Conditioning Cost?

The cost per kWh efficiency of a central AC system for your home will depend on how big your home is and how many hours you use it. To get a better idea of how much air conditioning will cost you per hour, per day, or per month, we encourage you to try out this online energy use calculator. With this information, you’ll be able to choose the central AC for your home according to your budget (i.e. if your budget for AC energy consumption is only around $100 per month, then you should look for a central AC that only consumes 3500 watts.)

Questions? Call on Air Repair Pros!

If you are in need of air conditioning installation, repair, or replacement services in Frisco, do not hesitate to contact Air Repair Pros today. Our team of highly qualified, friendly professionals is committed to making indoor comfort just right for homes throughout the Northern Dallas area, including McKinney, Frisco, Aubrey, The Colony, Little Elm, Plano, and more. Contact us today to schedule service – trips are only $37, and we waive the fee if repairs are performed.

Call us now at (972) 325-7505.