There are many ways to keep your home cool in the summertime. In addition to traditional cooling systems, you also have window A/Cs and ductless air conditioner systems to choose from. But is there one that works better than the other? The pros at New Berlin Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help you know the difference between all these options. Learn more below, then call us today when you’re ready for the next steps.
Factors to Consider Between Ductless Air and Window A/C Units
Window units are self-explanatory in this department. They sit in the window of any given room and provide cool air for that space. Ductless units are designed to operate similarly, only instead of sliding into your window, they are mounted to your walls.
As mentioned, both systems have the same purpose: to keep the space in which they’re installed cool. However, there is one key difference—versatility.
A window unit can only cool down one room at a time. A ductless air conditioner does that too, but it can also work in conjunction with other split systems you install around the house. In fact, you can connect up to eight of them at once, making it a viable alternative to having a central air conditioner. Multiple units also mean custom temperatures room-to-room, helping you keep often-occupied rooms more comfortable than those you don’t usually use.
This is a department where the window A/C has the upper hand. Depending on the unit’s size and efficiency rating, you can purchase one for a couple hundred dollars. However, keep in mind that they are designed to be only a temporary solution, and while you can prolong these systems’ lifespans with proper care, you may find yourself shopping for a new one a few years down the road. A ductless air conditioner costs more upfront, yes, but it is a permanent HVAC solution and can last you a long time. Plus, ductless units are far more efficient than window units, so you could save even more on your monthly energy bills.
We mentioned versatility earlier, and in that category, ductless wins.
Window air conditioners are great in the summer but won’t do much to help once the weather changes. Ductless units, on the other hand, can not only cool you down but can also provide warmth in the winter months. You can stay comfortable no matter the time of year—and you don’t have to worry about lugging it in and out of place every season as you do with a window unit.
Traditional Air Conditioners
Of course, no list of air conditioning options would be complete without talking about central cooling systems. They are the most common system for a reason: They are the ideal, long-term cooling solution for most homes and, depending on how efficient the unit is, can even help save you in terms of energy. However, if your home was built without ductwork, it may make more sense to opt for ductless systems instead—that way, you don’t have to worry about having custom ductwork installed in addition to a new A/C.
The Final Verdict
Like anything, the system you choose will likely depend on your needs and your budget. That’s where the experts at New Berlin Heating can help. We can examine your house and determine the unit that makes the most sense for you, whether that’s ductless or central cooling.