Common AC Unit Types: Pros and Cons
Standing AC units are the most common form of AC. These units include a cooling reservoir and a fan to distribute the cold air throughout a space. Standing AC units are ideal for situations where you need up-close cooling and are looking to cool down a smaller space. These units work well in older homes where installing central air could prove challenging, as they are mobile and can easily slip in with any décor. Ranging in size from a smaller standing air conditioner to a larger set up meant to cool more than one room, these units can take some of the hassle out of cooling down your home. However, they are less than ideal for multi-level buildings and can lead to leakage problems if not properly cared for during use.
Central air conditioning is a good option to help cool your entire home during the summer without having to fight with multiple standing units. Central air is installed within the walls of your home and pulls the air from the outside before cooling it. Central air allows you to have clean, cool air circulating through your home during the hot summer months and is more durable than a standing air conditioner unit. While installing central air can be more expensive at first, the investment pays for itself in well-insulated modern homes, as you will use less energy to cool multi-story homes. However, if your home has odd design elements to it or is on the older side, it may take more intensive renovations to install your central air system. While we at Chad Love Services can install almost any air-conditioning system, standing units may be more effective for older, smaller homes.
Finally, window units are often the cheapest solution for last-minute summer cooling, but these units can be potentially dangerous. Never install a window unit above the first story of your home, and make sure to call in a professional when in doubt. A poorly secured window unit can lead to risks of the unit falling if jostled, which can provide costly down the road. Window units are also more prone to common air conditioning problems, such as icing up and excessive leaking. Even the best window unit comes with its own set of unique challenges, so make sure to look into your other options before buying a smaller window unit.