Keeping cool when the weather is hot is one of those modern luxuries just about everyone has grown to expect as the norm. If you have a home that does not have its own cooling system, you can feel a little like you have been left behind in days long gone. Yet, having a central cooling system installed can be quite an expensive change to make to your home. Thankfully, buying a cooling system for your home does not have to mean spending money you may not necessarily have to spend. There are plenty of cooling options that are less expensive than the central cooling system.
Ductless Air Conditioners
Of all of the more affordable home AC options, the ductless air conditioner deserves to be mentioned first. These units require no duct system but they are highly efficient at spreading conditioned air because they have a powerful fan motor. Ductless air conditioning systems can be mounted on a wall; they do not have to be placed in a window, and they come in a range of sizes. Many people use these systems to create a zoned cooling effect so they can control the temperature in multiple rooms.
- A little more costly than some air conditioners
- May require a small hole for exhaust in the wall
Portable Air Conditioners
Portable air conditioners are freestanding cooling units (usually on wheels) that you basically just set up in a room. These air conditioners are limited to cooling only a small space because they have a smaller stature and no real efficient exhaust system. Portable air conditioners sometimes have a connected "duct" that you have to route to the nearest window because the systems may use refrigerant which has to be vented.
- Only for smaller spaces
- Take up floor space
- Not very efficient
Window Air Conditioners
Window air conditioners are perhaps the more common and the more old-fashioned way to cool a home if you do not want a central cooling system. These units get installed in an open window with an exhaust system facing outward. The vent and fan point inward toward the house. Window air conditioners are fine for their purpose, but they are not the most efficient form of cooling. The window oftentimes does not form a tight enclosure around the unit and a lot of people do not like having one of their windows unlocked because it has an air conditioner in it.
- Don't fit tightly in a window in a lot of cases
- You must leave the window unlocked to have the AC in place
- Don't distribute cool air throughout the house
Picking the right cooling system is something an HVAC contractor can help you with, even if you're not picking a central cooling system. Reach out to an HVAC contractor in your area for more information.