After years of relying on window air conditioners to keep your home and family cool for years, you're considering upgrading to central air conditioning. You might be surprised to learn in addition to keeping your home evenly comfortable, there are several other benefits to switching from window units to central air.
Here are a few of those many benefits of investing in central air conditioning.
Improve Your Home's Air Quality
Both window air conditioners and central air conditioning units work by pulling in air from the home and outdoors. The air is pulled over evaporator coils, where the heat is eliminated. The cooled air is then pushed back into the home with another fan. Unfortunately, when you have a window air conditioner, all of the dirt, dust, pollen, pet dander, and other contaminants in the air are pulled into the window unit and distributed throughout the room.
A central air conditioner features a series of filters that help catch all those contaminants before they are able to enter your home. This can help greatly improve your home's indoor air quality and your family's health.
In addition to improving air quality, the filtration system also helps prevent those contaminants from damaging the central air conditioner. Because window air conditioning units don't have these filters, they are vulnerable to the damage caused by contaminants.
Whether you have a single massive window air conditioner to cool an entire floor or a smaller window unit in each room, maintaining a consistent, comfortable temperature throughout your home is tricky. Additionally, when the temperatures drop suddenly at night or after a storm front, you will need to go into each room or on each floor and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Upgrading to a central air conditioner means you can control the temperature throughout your home with a single panel: your HVAC thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to save money by adjusting the temperature in your home based upon your needs and convenience
For example, you can program the thermostat to lower the temperature in your home a few minutes before you arrive back from work. This means that when you aren't home, the indoor temperature will be a few degrees higher, which allows you to save big money on your monthly energy bills.
Improve the Look of Your Home
Your home's windows are a beautiful focal point. Unfortunately, their look is sullied by the massive, clunky window air conditioning boxes. When you have a central air conditioner installed in your home, the only outdoor component is the condenser. The condenser houses several important components, including the compressor, condenser coil, and a fan.
The condenser is easily masked by planting shrubs or building a fence around it. Depending on your choice of camouflage, the condenser can be turned into an eye-catching aspect of your home's landscaping.
Finally, when a window air conditioner kicks on, it is very noticeable. Unfortunately, the humming or buzzing noise doesn't typically dissipate, and because it is right in your window, it can be heard throughout the room or your entire home. If you need multiple window air conditioners, this noise is even louder.
The components of a central air conditioner that make noise, including the condenser and the evaporator, are outside your home or in the basement. Any noise that does come from the condenser or evaporator is muffled. This allows you to enjoy the cool air without all the banging and buzzing noise of a window unit.
According to the United States Energy Information Administration, 68 percent of homes have air conditioning. If you've been living with window units and are ready to upgrade, there are several reasons why you should make the switch to central air.
Contact a company like Apollo Heating & Air for more information.