Window Units vs. Central Air Conditioning: What’s Better?    

Sep 30, 2022

Window air conditioners versus central air conditioning systems – how do you know which choice is better? While each cooling unit type has its own advantages, the answer for the right choice may not be the same for everyone. It all comes down to what your cooling needs are! So, it’s based on whether you need to cool one or more rooms, as well as the size and layout of your house. After reading the following points from your Grove City Heating & Air family, we hope this will equip you with the confidence and information you need to make the best decision for your home.  

Window Units vs. Central Air Conditioning: What Costs Are Involved? 

We’ve all heard the expression, “You get what you pay for.” Every purchase we make has a cost factor that influences our decision. With this in mind, let’s explore the benefits and drawbacks of window units versus central air conditioners. If you’re a shopper who looks at the price before making a purchase, we highly recommend weighing all factors before rejecting the more expensive option. Central air conditioning can cool your whole home. But note that while window units are less expensive up front, they can only cool one room or space at a time. This could be an added benefit or perhaps a disadvantage for you, depending on how big your actual cooling requirements are. 

Additionally, keep in mind that the initial expenditures are only one aspect to consider when deciding on the best option. This means that not just the starting prices should be considered. For example, assume you want to cool five rooms with five window units. You may end up spending less on cooling equipment upfront, but monthly costs might be higher because you are cooling many rooms with several separate devices. 

Window Units vs. Central Air Conditioning: What Factors Should You Think Over? 

  • Home Ownership: If you are renting or do not own the home you live in, having a central air conditioning system installed may not be your best option. You would need permission from the owner of the house to install it, and it is generally not advisable to move the unit if you were planning on moving out of that home. In this situation, a window air conditioner is most likely your wisest choice. 
  • Cooling Needs: The size and layout of your house or the room you need to cool will ultimately dictate which type of central air conditioning system you should get. When you buy a window air conditioner, the room’s size will also influence which model of window unit you’ll need. If you want to learn more about central air conditioning equipment, give us a call for a free quote. Our NATE-certified tech will evaluate your cooling needs based on the size and layout of your home and recommend the best options to you. 
  • Efficiency: Regardless of whether you have a window unit or central air conditioner, efficiency should be your top priority! If you opt for a window unit, make sure to get one that is the correct size for your room. Don’t just go for the cheapest option; it’s never worth it in the long run. A good quality model will be able to maintain a consistent temperature without using too much energy. It’s also important to keep in mind that window units don’t circulate air very well. Therefore, it’s likely that you’ll end up with a room that isn’t cooled evenly. The same goes for central air conditioners. Efficiency is key! All in all, when choosing between a window air conditioner and a central air conditioner, go with the option that will cool the space best. 

Window Units vs. Central Air Conditioning: What Pros and Cons Are There? 

Here is a summarization of the pros & cons: 

Window Units:  

Costs Are Initially Cheaper  

Can Cool One Room  

Not Able to Control Humidity  

Can Not Circulate Air Well  

Installation Is Easy  

Central Air Conditioners:   

Costs Are Initially Larger 

Can Cool Whole Home 

Regulates & Controls Temperature & Humidity 

Circulates Air Efficiently 

Installation Must Be Handled by a Professional 

We hope that the information provided has helped you gain more insight into understanding window air conditioners versus central air conditioners. Knowing your cooling needs and the benefits of these types of cooling units will help you to make the most optimal choice for you and your home and family. If you have any more questions about central air conditioning, or maybe you are interested in having a free estimate provided to you for central air conditioning equipment, please feel free to contact Grove City Heating & Air at (614) 490-7540 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!