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Window Air Conditioners vs. Split Air Conditioners: Which One Should You Choose?

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, you must know that there are a variety of available choices. Besides whole-home central air conditioners, there are other options, including window AC and split AC systems. Efficient Systems, your local provider of HVAC inspection services, discusses both of these options below.

A window AC unit is one the most popular types of air conditioners in U.S. households. Perfect for small rooms with window space, it’s not like a portable unit that takes up floor space or requires a long hose from the device to the outdoors for venting. It’s small, compact and easy to move from one place to another.

However, not all HVAC contractors recommend window AC units. Unless you only want to cool a small room, this type of cooling system is too small to provide conditioned air to a larger area of your home. Also, it’s positioned in a window, which means less light and an obstructed view of the outdoors in the summer. You also have to make sure the unit is the right size for the window opening so there are no gaps. In addition, it poses a security risk; there isn’t much holding it in place, which means it could allow for unwanted entry by intruders.

Split Air Conditioners

A split AC is a more practical option for cooling your home since it doesn’t require windows for installation. The indoor unit, which houses the cooling coil, long blower and air filter, is usually mounted on a wall. The outdoor unit consists of the condenser, expansion coils and compressor.

One of the reasons why the split AC is worth investing in is the lack of ductwork. While it still requires the expertise of an HVAC technician, you won’t have to spend more on changing the look of your home’s interior just to accommodate ducts. It’s also versatile: such systems can network multiple units throughout the home, allowing you to control the temperature of your home more efficiently across all rooms.

Turn to Efficient Systems for Your HVAC Needs

If you’re looking for a new AC unit but can’t decide what to get, let the certified technicians of Efficient Systems help you choose the best air conditioner for your needs. We’re the leading contractor in the local area that you can turn to for AC installation, furnace repair and HVAC maintenance. Call (317) 293-6510 today or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve Indiana residents, including those living in and around Indianapolis, IN.