Are you currently cooling your home during the summer with one or more window units? If so, this definitely isn’t the easiest or most energy-efficient way to cool your home. Upgrading to a central AC system is not that difficult if you already have central heating. That is, if you already have air ducts, retrofitting it for central AC is not too difficult. Of course, the cost of this project can be daunting, but there are many advantages of having central air conditioning.
Here are four reasons why central AC is better than a window unit.
Save Some Money
While the initial cost of installing a central AC system might be hefty, it could very well pay for itself (and then some) in a few years. Central air is much more energy-efficient than a wall unit. Instead of one stream of air coming from one point, your home is cooled through numerous registers throughout your house. This means that you can use your system much more sparingly. Less time running your AC translates to smaller utility bills, a greener household, and a longer lasting unit.
Make Your Home More Comfortable
When you are running a wall unit, the room with the unit is freezing while those on the other side of your house might still be miserably hot. This is not an issue with central air. Every room will have multiple register, which can be adjusted for maximum efficiency.
For instance, you can close the vents downstairs to improve airflow into the upstairs rooms, which are usually warmer. With central AC it is markedly easier to control the temperature throughout different rooms in your home. Every room in your home will be more comfortable with central AC.
Improved Air Filtering
Some homeowners don’t realize that central AC system do much more than just pump cold air into your rooms. In fact, they also filter the air. This is one of the best arguments for installing central AC. The advanced air filtering options with central air are unmatched. First of all, this helps with the smell in your home. Your rooms won’t smell stale. This also ensures that cleaner air is coming into your rooms. So, your home won’t get as dusty.
The best thing about the filtering with central AC systems is that it is healthier. This is a huge issue if anyone in your house has allergies or asthma. HEPA filters offer great protection from all sorts of bacteria and allergens.
They Look Better
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The last reason for investing in central AC might be very important to others and not at all important to others. That is, wall units are ugly. They hang on the outside of your window and the take away from the overall aesthetic of your window unit and your entire exterior wall. While some people might not care about this, others are concerned with the curb appeal of their property. A central AC system will be much more attractive to potential buyers, so you should keep this in mind if you plan on selling your home soon.
As you can see, central AC is a worthwhile upgrade.
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