We’re not advocating you go without air conditioning in your house. That would be a ridiculous thing to say in Texas. We want you to know that there are better ways to enjoy air conditioning in your house than using window air conditioning units. A window AC may be suitable for a small apartment, but when it comes to a house and a family they have too many disadvantages.
We’ll go over the main disadvantages of window ACs and then tell you how you can enjoy better cooling in your home, even if you don’t have air ducts for a standard central air conditioning system.
Top Reasons to Ditch Those Window ACs
They have limited scope
A window air conditioning system has a much lower limit on how much cooling it can deliver compared to a central system. It can cool a small room, but that’s about it. In order to have comfort around the house, you’ll need window units in every room that’s used regularly, and not every room will have the window space for that.
They block light
You have a beautiful window that gives you light from outside and maybe a pleasant view. But if you want to keep cool in summer, you’ve got to block off most of that window with a big, obtrusive AC unit. That’s less light and a lot less summer joy.
They have poor energy efficiency
Compared to central systems, window ACs are major electrical drains, all for unimpressive results. Each one has to have its own compressor, which is where more electrical power has to go.
They make a home less secure
Putting a large air conditioning unit into a window is like placing a hole in the security of your house, especially for ACs on the ground floor. It’s not difficult for thieves to gain access into a house by pulling out a window AC.
They are problems in colder weather
This isn’t as bad for us in Texas, but when the weather cools down, heat escapes easily through window ACs and creates drafts. Some people even take the time to pull out the ACs and put them in storage through the winter.
They can’t be repaired
Technically, a window AC can be fixed if it malfunctions, the same as with most equipment. But it’s never a cost-effective move, and HVAC contractors don’t offer air conditioning repair in Houston, TX for window units because of this. If your window AC breaks, you’ll have to get a new one. And when you start having to replace these units around the house, it will get expensive.
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps Can Save the Day
You don’t have to have your home remodeled for ductwork to enjoy better air conditioning. All you need is for our technicians to install a ductless cooling and heating system (a.k.a. a ductless mini split heat pump). These systems use wall-mounted units in the rooms that connect to an outdoor unit, similar to a standard AC or heat pump. They’re flexible, don’t block windows, have great energy efficiency, and even work as heating systems when you need them to.
At AC Comfort, Your Comfort Is Our Business! Call us to find out more about going ductless for your home’s air conditioning.