Room Air Conditioners

Room air conditioners, also known as window or wall units, are sufficient when cooling a single room or small space. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.

When contemplating a window unit versus central air, if your budget permits, always choose central air or ductless system.

Window units have many drawbacks compared to central air systems or ductless systems:

• Higher noise levels

• Physical appearance (typically unattractive)

• Lower efficiency

• Only cool up to two rooms

• Poor constant temperatures

If you do choose a wall unit, it is extremely important that they are sized for the area being cooled. Under sizing a unit will cause the unit to run constantly which will drive up your electric bills. On the other hand, if the unit is too large it won’t run long enough to remove humidity. High humidity can cause poor indoor air quality.

If considering a window unit and you live in an apartment building or rented unit, make sure you check with your landlord or association first before installing one. Many buildings have regulations regarding window units because they are typically unattractive from the outside.

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