With summer coming quickly, some homeowners are trying to figure out a way to make their house a little cooler. Even if you already have central air conditioning, there could be certain parts and rooms in your home that don't cool off as effectively as the rest of the house. As a result, some rooms can be very uncomfortable and warm. Instead of just trying to supplement your AC with fans, you should consider investing in ductless window air conditioning units. This article explains how window AC units work and where they work best.
First of all, it important to realize that window AC units should not be used to cool your entire home. If you have a two-story home with multiple rooms, a window AC unit (or several of them) is not going to be the best way to cool your home. That is, a window unit is really only good for the room that it is in. This means that you often need to have a unit in every single room. It is far more efficient and cost effective to have your duct system retrofitted with a central air conditioning unit. Nonetheless, window AC units are extremely useful in small apartments, studios, and in single rooms that just need a little more cool air during the summer.
Window Units Are Accessible
The best thing about window AC units is that they are extremely accessible and convenient. You can buy a unit at just about any home improvement store and have it installed by the end of the day for less than a couple hundred dollars. Most units are priced according to their BTU rating. That is, the higher the BTU, the more expensive the unit is going to be. Window units are also smartly designed so they can be hung in most types of windows with minimal fastening or screwing. That is, they can sit on the windowsill without actually being screwed to it. When you close the top window on top of it, the AC units stays firmly in place.
One of the biggest drawbacks to window AC units is the way that they a look. Many homeowners don't exactly love having large plastic appliances hanging out of their windows. They can block sunlight, and also make it impossible to open and close your window to let air flow. This is why most people remove their window AC units during the winter, when they don't need them.
To learn more about air conditioning systems, contact a company like Norris Mechanical.