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Air Conditioning – Central Air or the Window Unit?


It is summer time, and it is also time to think about what you’re going to do with your air conditioner. Is it doing a good enough job for you? Do you need to get it checked out? Is it blowing cold air for you? Is it working on the right areas of the house? Is it not circulating a high quality of air, or do you have some doubts about that?
The answers to these questions are going to influence your decision as to repairing or replacing an AC system. And for that, you are going to be in touch with an HVAC professional.
You would have to decide what kind of system you want to have. Central air is the most expensive, and it is popular for larger homes, for good reason, because it does a good job of distributing air around a larger area.
A central air system, if you don’t have one already, is much more complicated, because it involves a system of pipes throughout the home (in the ceilings, floors or walls) that deliver air that is cooled through the AC package and puts it through air ducts. That takes a lot of building, where the other kind of AC, which involves single units, commonly known as wall units or window units, can be bought at any Wal-Mart and can be installed through windows or by a hole that can be pounded through a wall.
The downside is that you can’t buy just one if you have a home; you would have to get one for various rooms in the house if you are going to cool it with any kind of effectiveness. And the air will not likely be distributed evenly. You’re going to have to accept that if you are going to deal with the wall or window units.
Of course, the good part is that if your house is not that big, you may only have to buy a few of these units to really get that home cooled off. And you may only have to spend anywhere from $300-$500 to have the necessary equipment to get the job done. Installing it is another story, but it can be done easily by an air conditioning professional. That’s going to be your decision, but whatever you elect to do, you can put yourself in a position where you and your family will be living in comfort in those very hot summer months.


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