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When Is A Window Air Conditioner Actually A Better Choice?

by Amy Henry

If you look through home improvement magazines and talk to real estate investors, it may seem like upgrading to central air conditioning is always the right choice... as if window air conditioners are somehow undesirable or inferior. It is true that in many cases, a central air conditioning system will keep your home more evenly cool and also require less maintenance than a set of window units. However, to declare window-based air conditioners completely obsolete or useless is an exaggeration. There are certainly cases in which window air conditioners are a better option. Here's a look at a few of those cases.

You're rarely home.

If you don't spend a lot of time in your home, such as if you travel often for work or only use the home in question as a vacation spot, then you might be better off sticking with window air conditioning units. For the few days a year that you even use the air conditioning, paying to install a central system may just not be worth it. Plus, if your central air conditioner fails, your whole home is left without cooling service during your visit. If you have window air conditioners in a few of your windows and one of them fails, at least you'll have another unit or two to keep some of your rooms cool.

You don't like your home very cool.

If you live in a moderate climate and honestly don't mind the heat, there may only be a few days per year on which you're even tempted to turn on the air conditioning. Is it worth paying a few thousand dollars for a central air conditioner unit that you only use 5 days a year? Especially if you already have window air conditioners, probably not! You could probably even make it through those few hot days with a good box fan if you needed to.

Your home's ducts were not designed for air conditioning.

If you live in a home that was built in the 1940s, 1950s, or even earlier, there is a good chance it was not designed with air conditioning in mind. The heating ducts were only intended to carry heated air throughout the home. Since hot air rises, you don't need nearly as many ducts (or as much duct space) leading to the second floor if you're only heating -- and not cooling -- that floor. If you were to install a central air conditioner, the upstairs may not cool well anyways. You may find yourself keeping window AC units in those upstairs windows to keep the second floor at a comfortable temperature even when the central AC is on! Why not just stick with the window units, spend less money, and enjoy cool rooms in spite of your home's lack of ducts?

You have a boiler heating system.

If your home is heated with steam boilers, then it does not even have ducts. While you could have ducts installed, doing so would cost a lot of money and would also require your HVAC contractor to make extensive modifications to your walls. You can install a window air conditioner in an hour or less. If you're not confident doing it yourself, an AC installation company can come do it for you -- usually for a small, affordable fee.

Don't assume you have to jump on the bandwagon and install central air conditioning just because everyone else is. Window units work well when you're not home a lot, don't need to keep your home that cool, and don't have a heating system that's very compatible with central air. To learn more, talk to an AC service in your area.