During the hot summer months, you are always trying to find a way to beat the heat. If you think you need an air conditioner for your home to do so, remember that there are two types available for you:
- Window Types – These are air conditioners that are installed in a window or open space in your wall. They come in a range of sizes, all depending on the size of your room.
- Split Systems – These are air conditioners that are composed of two units: the outdoor unit, which houses the compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and condenser cooling fan; and the indoor unit, which houses the blower, air filter, and evaporator coil.
Before choosing the type of air conditioner that is fit for you, Conduct Air Conditioning suggests some factors you need to consider:
A window type air conditioner is generally more affordable than a split system. In terms of installation costs, the window type system is normally cheaper as well and does not require any additional materials (except perhaps for support brackets and a protective casing.)
You would need to spend more for a split system because it requires additional materials and you may have to spend on hiring a professional to install the unit in your home.
In terms of periodic maintenance costs, the window type air conditioner is also cheaper than their split system counterparts. You may need to hire professionals to clean a split type air conditioner; but window types may not need that kind of professional maintenance.
For a split type, the outdoor unit houses most of the noise-making components, and is installed in an open space. The split system noise level inside the room is significantly lower than that of the window type system. This makes the split system ideal for bedrooms and other rooms that put a premium on low-noise levels.
The noise level of window types may sometimes dissuade you from installing one in your bedroom, but if the noise level doesn’t bother you, then you could purchase one.
Aesthetics and Versatility
Window types are limited to the location of your window, or you may need to create a space in your wall to fit a window type air conditioner.
The indoor unit of a split system looks better than the window type system, as it comes in various designs and styles that would fit your home’s design. It is also more versatile in terms of location because it can be mounted on a wall, suspended or hidden in the ceiling, and even placed on the floor.
This factor is especially useful when there are design or building restrictions that limit the location of your air conditioning unit.
If you plan on buying an air conditioner, the most important thing you should consider is the cost and the size of your home. If you are trying to save your money, you can consider buying a window type air conditioner to beat the heat.
However, if you want convenience and aesthetics and have enough cash, then you really should consider getting a split system for your air conditioning needs.